Half Moon Bay Library
This new 22,000 square foot library includes separate spaces for literacy services, youth services, a teen room, quiet study space, computer use, a programming space with an attached catering kitchen, a children’s garden, a courtyard and a second-floor deck. The library replaces an existing 7,285 square foot library that was designed to serve a community of 4,320 – a community which has now grown over six times to over 29,000 people.
The design supports the City of Half Moon Bay’s sustainability goal by reaching a minimum certification of LEED Gold and a stretch goal of LEED Platinum. Integral Group provided energy modeling to estimate the Zero Net Energy potential for the library. A photovoltaic system of at least 488 kW will be installed. Integral Group also performed full mechanical, plumbing and electrical services, including technology design, and lighting and daylighting design. The technology design includes presentation systems which involve AV switching equipment for the community center spaces. The lighting design for the library was developed to compliment the ample daylighting.
The library features natural daylight and views, healthy indoor air quality, plenty of natural ventilation with mechanical assist, passive cooling, active heating, energy efficient equipment, and active space cooling where required. The design also allows for flexibility in schedules, staffing and courses, and showcases to the staff and community the importance of a responsible design and how it impacts our environment.