Centennials Hill Library is built on a 7-acre site in the northwest area of Las Vegas. The library is sited on an east-west axis, enabling floor-to-ceiling glass walls in a "Piet Mondrian" pattern, to celebrate indirect daylight from the north and south. This glazing system frames views to the adjacent city park to the north. The landscape COST PER SQ FT$369.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCommunity Center/Joint Use lush and cool areas while being sensitive to water use and the hot desert climate.
Exterior materials include glazing, stone, stucco and metal shade structures. Interior materials include terrazzo flooring, recyclable carpet, eco-resin panels and linoleum countertops.
The library is designed to achieve LEED certification. Daylighting via glazing with internal blinds reduces the need for electric lights, thus reducing heat gain and cooling costs. The building envelope and an efficient mechanical system work with other systems to maximize energy performance and efficiency.
Other elements include an extensive recycling program, the use of exterior shading devices and automatic photocell-based lighting controls. Along with the sustainable elements, the library utilizes the most current technology with automated sorting equipment and radio-frequency identification.