Library project earns Green Globes rating

Mesa County Libraries has earned recognition for the energy efficiency and sustainability features incorporated into its newly renovated central branch in downtown Grand Junction.

The project received a Three Green Globes rating under Green Globes assessment standards. Green Globes evaluates the efficiency and sustainability of building projects in the United States and Canada.

In the U.S., the Green Building Initiative (GBI) oversees the Green Globes assessment and rating system. In 2005, GBI became the first green building organization to be accredited as a standards developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The Three Green Globes rating means the library project “demonstrates leadership in applying best practices regarding energy, water and environmental efficiency.” The rating, the second-highest offered under the Green Globes system, is considered comparable to a gold rating under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) evaluation system.

The Green Globes rating was based on an onsite review of the completed library building and such criteria as building materials, energy efficiency, indoor environment, site enhancement and water quality protection and conservation.

“From our earliest design meetings, it was the intention of the Library Board of Trustees to create a model building for downtown Grand Junction, one that reduces the library’s impact on the environment,” said Eve Tallman, director of Mesa County Libraries.

“Through energy efficient design, reuse of the existing structure, high-performance glazing and nontoxic building materials, we have achieved a relatively green building on a shoestring budget,” Tallman said.

Located at 530 Grand Ave., the central branch of the library re-opened in June following a $7.1 million project to renovate the expand the facility.

The 45,000 square-foot building includes 9,000 square feet of new space and features a new fiction room, community room capable of accommodating up to 230 people and shaded outdoor patio.