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Going green earns Hamilton Mill library gold

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Hamilton Mill library has been recognized as one of the most innovative, unique and challenging construction projects in the nation by the Building of America Network.

The network is a 15-year compilation of the nation's most important and unique projects and the companies responsible for their planning, design, engineering, construction and finishing.

Tens of thousands of projects have been submitted with only those that showed innovation, unique solutions to challenges and the ability to reach new heights in their respective market sectors selected to be showcased on the network's website. The featured projects allow decision-makers beginning a project the ability to see and review the best within a specific region and industry and learn about the companies that were responsible for their success.

The Hamilton Mill library project was submitted for review by Precision Planning Inc. and will be featured as a Gold Medal Winner online at www.buildingofamerica.com.

"Gwinnett County has always welcomed our new libraries and it has certainly proven its welcoming of Hamilton Mill based on the phenomenal numbers that have included over 2,300 new library card holders just there at Hamilton Mill and record-breaking numbers for the program," said Gwinnett County Public Library executive director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam. "Now to be recognized by a national award as wonderful as this one, we are proud to celebrate this building with those who appreciate the beauty of this structure and the design of this environmentally friendly building."

The branch is Gwinnett's first green library with many of the features made with recycled material. The lighting, heating and air were meticulously planned for the $7.4 million structure and sustainability was key in the design.

Officials are pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the library.

The building itself was expected to require 22 percent less energy and 30 percent less potable water.

Staff Writer Camie Young contributed to this story.