The six-story central library is Austin’s largest new public building downtown since City Hall and an anchor for an emerging retail and residential area.
In November of 2006 voters approved a bond to construct a new Central Library to replace the John Henry Faulk Central Library. On December 11, 2008 the Austin City Council selected the Joint Venture of Lake | Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott to design the new Central Library. Urban Design Group is the civil engineering firm for the project.
The building’s design employs ambitious sustainable strategies such as energy efficient integrated systems, extensive use of daylight, a rainwater harvesting system, a vegetated roof and other features that will establish Austin’s central library as the most sustainable in the country.
Design includes bike parking in addition to a 200-space parking garage.
Public spaces near the library include tree-lined sidewalks, some streets without curbs that are suitable for festivals and events, a new vehicle and pedestrian bridge over Shoal Creek, and native plants to restore and stabilize the creek banks.
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