Cecil County Public Library, North East Branch
Henry Adams provided the MEP and fire protection engineering design for the $16M, 47,225 SF combined library and administrative offices. This 2-story facility reflects the community with an increased emphasis on creating user experiences that promote learning, discovery, and interaction.
There are a multitude of areas for different activities as well as space to relax and read. The facility includes an entrepreneur center and business commons, digital media lab, hands-on STEM exploration area, teen center, quiet reading room, and 10 individual work/study rooms. The library holds 70,000+ books and media for all ages to enjoy. An Early Literacy Center is provided for infants to five-year-old kids to introduce and encourage literacy early on. Additionally, there is a book drop-off window, outdoor spaces for education programming, 100-vehicle surface parking lot, and parking for 16 bicycles.
The mechanical scope included HVAC, associated building controls, fire suppression, sanitary, venting, water, and gas piping. The building is conditioned by a heat recovery variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with dedicated outdoor air units to provide the required ventilation air to the building. The building has four zones for the VRF system. The electrical scope included power, lighting, and fire alarm.
Cecil County Public Library is a national award-winning library system whose services go far beyond books, making a critical difference in the community in areas such as education, small business, workforce, veterans’ services, and more. The new North East Branch Library is poised to become CCPL’s busiest branch upon opening and will be designed as an innovative, 21st century, community learning space staffed by professional educator librarians.
|Location||North East, MD|
|Owner||Cecil County Public Library|
|Architect||Quin Evans / Tappe Architects / Waldon Studio Architects|