The two-story building includes a raised floor reading gallery segmented for international, United States and children’s materials. The multipurpose Global Communication Assembly Room provides capacity for 140 participants and is equipped with integrated audio-visual and lighting controls, as well as an audio translation booth. Additional spaces include reading gallery pre-function areas, a collaboration room and administration and support areas.
TLC designed the HVAC and plumbing systems to minimize noise. We equipped the air handlers with variable frequency drives that reduce power consumption during non-peak times. We came up with water conservation strategies that include low-flow sinks and lavatories and sensor-operated flush controls. The electrical, fire alarm and building control systems are designed to support future backfeed from a proposed expansion of the center.