South Jamaica Queens Library

The first public building designed under New York City’s sustainable high-performance building program, South Jamaica Branch Library in Queens represents a pioneering vision of how we develop environmentally-conscious communities.

Unprecedented at the time of completion in 1996, the two-story, 7,500 square-foot library served as a demonstration project for the concept of environmentally responsive design techniques. By incorporating active daylighting controls, passive solar heating, and environmentally friendly materials, we were able to minimize energy consumption, operating costs, and maintenance demands.

The library received the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building First Place Award in 1999, and the Earth Day Green Building Top Ten Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2000.

This project was completed by our predecessor firm: Stein White Architects. Our Principal, T. Michael White, was responsible for Construction Administration.


Architectural Staff
Ross Derrico
Aditei Puplampu
Rachel Simpson
Shane Bowen
Melissa Joerg
Jake LaChapelle
Bruce G. Nelligan
T. Michael White
Carl Stein
Project Team

New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC)

Structural Engineer
Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer
Clifford Dias, PE, PC.