Courtesy: Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects (BSGA)*
While the New McAllen Public Library is receiving accolades for award winning interior designs, sustainability features that reduce the building’s carbon footprint are deserving of the public’s attention, such as:
- Sensor controlled lighting system which automatically balances natural daylight and artificial light in the Children’s Reading Room and the Main Reading Room.
- Water-cooled Chilled Water Air-Conditioning System utilizing state-of-the-art magnetic drive chillers for high efficiency cooling.
- Fully programmable energy management system to automatically control Mechanical and Electrical Systems for maximum efficiency.
- Condensate Water recovery and recycling system minimizes water consumption of the HVAC System.
Probably the most outstanding sustainable feature of this building is itself…not having been demolished and hauled to a landfill site. The City of McAllen should be commended for recognizing the value of the old building and making the commitment to re-purposing it.