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Sustainable Development Strategies

Durango Public Library

Opened in 2008, the 42,000 square foot Durango Public Library replaced the former 101-year-old, 15,000 square foot Carnegie library in downtown Durango. The state-of-the-art facility on the Animas River features Clockwise: Exterior of the Durango Public Library; Quiet Reading Room; View to patio and river; On the patio expanded collection and reading areas including both children and young adults program spaces, meeting rooms, public art, outdoor patios, a coffee kiosk area, and extensive technology features and areas.

Earthly Ideas’ Managing Principal, Michelle Reott, volunteered on the Citizens Steering Committee for a New Durango Library from 2001 to 2005. In addition to serving as the Process Committee Chair for three years, she worked to educate the committee and library leadership about the benefits of sustainable design and construction. During 2006, Earthly Ideas laid the groundwork for the inclusion of sustainable strategies in this project including the raised floor system. We served as sustainability and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) consultant and facilitated a sustainable design kickoff charrette during the project’s schematic design phase.

The Durango Public Library was the first City of Durango municipal project to work towards sustainable design and construction using the LEED framework and earned LEED Gold certification in the summer of 2009. Read more about the building and its innovative features here.