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.