Salt Lake County Draper Library
With a concerted focus toward the utilization of sustainable elements, this project was a nod to Draper’s historic agricultural context informed by the iconography and composition of specific forms and materials.
One of the primary challenges of the project was to site the building for best balance of sunlight, views, wayfinding, and energy performance. To overcome a property boundary with a minimum area of street frontage and a majority of level grade sitting lower than the street itself, the building is oriented with its entry facing the neighborhood and the reading areas facing a south garden, east mountain views, and neighboring park.
Strategic siting and 3D modeling studies allowed the building to be oriented on an east-west axis for optimum sun-light/sun-control in the form of horizontal light fins
and roof overhangs which also direct roof water through the landscape. The Children’s collection environment remains one of the most popular in the County Library system because of its tactile interior and window benches that connect children with the garden immediately outside. This library is a modern narrative to historical Draper. Even the west shading arbor has re-assembled and detailed the mayor’s salvaged barnwood – homage to the original builders of this community.
- 2008, AIA Utah, Sustainable Design Merit Award
- 2006, Intermountain Contractor Best of 2006 "Best Green Project - Merit Award"
- 2006, Utah Masonry Council and AIA Utah "Excellence in Masonry"