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City of Austin Opens Eco-Friendly Library in 78704


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On August 21st, 2010, Austin will unveil its newest vision of a greener city and introduce the Twin Oaks Branch Library to South Austin. The construction of the new Twin Oaks Library Branch, located off South 5th and Mary Street, was first approved by voters in 1998 but construction took a hiatus in 2003 due to hard economic times. During that time, builders were able to reevaluate the amenities for the new building by researching other bookstore models. By looking at what other branch libraries were doing and having the new found time to do so, project managers were able to collaborate with local residents and come up with a plan to modernize the building while keeping its South Austin look and feel. Now complete, the 10,120 square-foot bookstore boasts green alternatives to recycled water and light as well as eye-catching architecture made from reused bricks.

The building uses several eco-friendly systems including a rainwater harvesting system and a day lighting control system. The reused bricks came from the demolition of the old South Austin Post Office that once stood in its place. The interior structure of the building is supported by 15 support beams made of reclaimed Douglas Fir, saving the city about 30 trees.

The grand opening is on Saturday, August 21st, at 10 a.m. and will feature a ceremony, live jazz music, and local South Austin food and drink. Find out more information about this event here or read more about the structure of this unique South Austin building here.

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