Interior staircase in the San Jose Public Library | Cambrian
Cambrian Branch Library
The Cambrian Branch Library project consists of the construction of a new 2-story, 27,883 square foot structural steel building. The new building is replacing the existing Cambrian Library at 1780 Hillsdale Avenue in San Jose. The building is a LEEDÂ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified project using environmentally responsible construction products and methods.
The new Cambrian Branch of the San Jose Public Library system is a great facility to champion learning, growth and development for many generations. This 28,000 square-foot LEED Certified building was designed by the local architectural firm of Anderson Brulé Architects. These local architects knew their Cambrian community greatly needed a new learning environment for its growing area. What they received in return was a stunning building that is twice the size of their previous one that is not only eco-friendly, but coffers several amenities they didn’t have before.
The Cambrian Branch also offers several areas it didn’t have in its previous facility. New areas that guests can use are a story telling area for 30 people, a community room that can hold up to 100 people, and study areas for several people to utilize. The Cambrian Branch is also has an Internet café, which currently is stocked with vending machines. Parking spaces have also increased as well.
Being a LEED Certified building meant that several Green elements were used during the construction. The building was constructed with low-E glazing as well as wall and roof insulation. An Energy Star-rated cool roof was installed to reduce energy as well. The fins at the curved glass, louvered shading devices and awnings help reduce air conditioning in the summer.
Materials used during the construction process are also green. Some of the pieces contain recycled material such as the aluminum panels, the steel structure and the carpeting. Other materials used reduce volatile organic compounds including sealants, interior and exterior paints, carpeting and cabinetry substrates. At the end of construction, almost 100 percent of the construction material and demolition waste was recycled.
The air outlets featured in the new library were selected for their superior performance and aesthetics. The main diffuser Titus supplied to the Cambrian Branch is the MCD ceiling diffuser. This square diffuser is extremely flexible. The Titus MCD is a modular core diffuser that can have it’s air pattern Titus - The Leader in Air Management | www.titus-hvac.com | www.titus-energysolutions.com
San Jose Public Library - Cambrian Branch
San Jose, California
Client: City of San Jose
Location: San Jose, CA
Architect: Anderson Brule Architects