Chicago Public Libraries / Public Building Commission of Chicago

Architect: Lohan Anderson

Greater Grand Crossing LibraryRichard M. Daley LibraryCCJM is providing MEP/FP design services for these prototype public library designs that include a focus on sustainable design features, with a minimum standard of LEED Silver.

The Public Building Commission of Chicago and the City of Chicago, working together through an intergovernmental agreement, join the Chicago Public Library in conducting a comprehensive library building program. The program includes the construction or renovation of branch libraries, the building of additional new branch libraries in various parts of Chicago, and the replacement of small store-front libraries with new, modern library facilities.

The photo renderings on the right show the Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library, a new 8,800 sq. ft., one-story, full service branch library based on the prototype design; and the Richard M. Daley Library, a new 16,300 sq. ft., one-story, full service branch library based on the prototype design.

Sustainable Features:

  • Intelligent lighting control system by Lutron for daylight harvesting, occupancy scheduling, zone control, and energy savings
  • Geothermal system for heating and cooling
  • Green Roof
  • Water saving irrigation system with rain sensor
  • LED site lighting
  • Point-of-use (instantaneous) hot water heater
  • Alternative fueled car-charging station in parking lot