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Sequoya Branch Library

Madison, WI

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Owner: City of Madison
Size: 20,470 SF
Completion: October 2008
Architect / Engineer: Engberg Anderson Design Partnership, Inc.
Awarded Silver LEED Certification

Project Description:

The Sequoya branch library, the busiest Madison Public Library branch, expanded to 20,000 square feet from 12,000 square feet. Features include a special children’s area with sections devoted to early literacy and family reading, an area especially for teens, a hearth room for quiet reading, a large community room for neighborhood meetings and programs, smaller conference rooms for study groups, small meetings and tutoring, expanded Internet access with centralized printing, as well as full WI-FI availability for laptop users and the option of self-service checkout of nearly 120,000 assorted books and media.

The new Sequoya Branch has been awarded Silver LEED Certification as a green building, and the building itself serves as a demonstration project—educating library users about sustainable buildings through a self-guided tour featuring the many environmentally sound decisions and practices that went into the library’s design. Sequoya’s construction incorporated many environmentally friendly features like a greywater system that collects rainwater from the roof for toilet flushing and “green” elements such as natural/renewable materials and finishes like recycled glass partitions and high-efficiency lighting and heating systems.