Delta Township District Library's current building opened to the public on June 14, 2008.
- Children’s area with stage, puppet theater, puzzles and toys
- Teen area with computers
- Browsing area around a central fireplace
- Shelving for a variety of materials, including books, magazines, audiobooks, movies, music, and more
- Lissa K. McLean Room, featuring a collection which celebrates women’s history
- Dedicated local history room to maintain a Delta Township-focused collection
- Elmwood Room, a space to hold community events and library programs
- Healthy environment for staff and the community achieved through green building standards
The library was awarded a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2009 and was the first public building in Delta Township to qualify as a LEED certified building.
LEED certification focuses on three main components:
- Environmental benefits: Using recycled materials and increasing energy efficiency conserves resources.
- Economic benefits: Using local resources and suppliers reduces carbon footprint of project, but also stimulates regional economy.
- Health/Community benefits: Users enjoy a building with high air quality committed to preserving its surrounding environment.
Green Aspects of DTDL
- Parking lot lights: energy efficient, designed to preserve dark sky and limit light pollution
- Landscaping: drought-resistant, slow-growing ground cover and shrubbery require less watering and maintenance by gas-powered equipment; rain gardens to absorb parking lot runoff and help filter out pollutants
- Footprint: a high ratio of free soil (unpaved) remains surrounding the building and parking lot in order to improve storm water runoff
- Bike racks, alternative vehicle parking and sidewalks: promotes alternative forms of transportation to and from the library by providing preferred bike and alternative fuel vehicle parking spaces and convenient bus stop and pedestrian access
- Building materials
- 35% of the steel used in the building skeleton is recycled.
- Concrete used in the building uses 50% recycled fly ash from a local source.
- Tiles used throughout the building are made from recycled glass.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), usually found in adhesives, paint, stains and glue were limited as much as possible.
- Maximizing the available natural light reduces the amount and strength of artificial light required.
- Glazing on the windows filters harmful UV rays and restricts loss of heat.
- The view facing the woods helps to highlight our natural setting.
- Clerestory windows with moisture sensors open and close to increase air flow.
- Plenum flooring leaves a space between the foundation and the floor to improve air flow and provide more efficient heating and cooling.
- The wallboards are constructed using 90% recycled gypsum.
- Wall coverings are made from grass, a renewable resource.
Find out more about LEED certifications and green building design from the U.S. Green Building Council.