It was a beautiful day for the tree planting which kicked off construction of the Library’s new LEED-certified Eastern Avenue Branch Library. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification means that the new building wiill adhere to standards put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it environmentally friendly and able to stand the test of time. To mark this “green” initiative, officials decided to do a ceremonial tree planting instead of a traditional groundbreaking. The white spire birch that was planted on the northern side of the Library will be the only tree of its kind on the property, and as it continues to grow, it will be a symbol of growth for the citizens of Davenport.
Some of “green” features of the Branch include geothermal heating and cooling, energy efficient design, stormwater management to reduce runoff and pollution, day lighting to reduce the need for electric lighting, and indoor environmental quality to reduce exposure to chemicals. Other features of the Library will include a children’s area, a teen area, a consumer health section funded by Genesis Health System, a used book store, coffee shop, and meeting spaces. Additionally, the Library will be on three bus routes.
Building this Branch will expand Library services to a different part of Davenport. LaWanda Roudebush, Library Director, comments, “By building the Fairmount Branch, and now the Eastern Avenue Branch, we are better able to serve the library needs of everyone in Davenport.” She adds, “The Fairmount Branch has been a huge success, and we expect this new Branch to have a similar impact. We have seen our number of visitors and card holders both increase with our expansion.”
The Eastern Avenue Branch Library is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2010.
To keep up to date on the building process, visit the Eastern Avenue Library Blog for pictures, descriptions, and more!