Joint Use Library

Tidewater Community College and City of Virginia Beach, VA

ENR Magazine Award of Merit

This unique joint-use library is an USGBC LEED Gold facility that includes computer labs, group study areas, public meeting rooms, office spaces, a coffee shop, and a dynamic children’s area.

The mechanical system is a variable-air-volume (VAV) system that serves series fan powered terminal units with hydronic reheat coils. Also included are AHUs, two cooling towers, two condenser water pumps, and two gas-fired boilers.

A central building automation system allows control of the mechanical systems, and monitoring of the electrical lighting and power systems.

The lighting system includes high efficiency fluorescent and LED lighting with daylight harvesting and dimming control.

A 250kW diesel generator provides backup power to the critical life safety loads, telecommunication equipment, and elevators.