Greenpoint Gazette

Greenpoint Library Seeks Local Feedback on New Look

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Greenpointers! Want a say in what the expansion of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Greenpoint branch will look like?

You’ll get your chance this Monday, October 26, at the library’s Community Design Workshop where residents will be asked to voice opinions on the expansion of the library, to be known as the Environmental Education Center.

Architectural firm Marble Fairbanks is taking the lead on the project and will lead the discussion Monday night offering various design possibilities and eliciting feedback about what the community wants most from the new space.

The Environmental Education Center was made possible by a $5 million Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) grant awarded to the Brooklyn Public Library at the end of last year.

The focus of the project was to incorporate green design features into the Greenpoint Library.

Some of the proposed ideas for the new space include a green roof, a community composting space, and replacing concrete pavements with native plant landscaping and permeable pavement.

The building will come fitted with high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems as well as building management controls, water efficient plumbing systems and fixtures, rainwater harvesting and storm water runoff control systems. It will also feature alternative energy systems such as solar arrays and wind turbines.

Once complete, the Center will also host workshops about the benefits of green building for local schools and community organizations.

The BPL has partnered with several local schools and organizations for the completion of the project. It received just over $6 million in matching funds after the grant was awarded.

Community Design Workshop for Environmental Education Center, October 26, 6:30-8 p.m., Greenpoint Public Library, 107 Norman Avenue. For more information, visit http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/community-design-workshop-greenpoint-library-102615.

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