Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - GreenTouchscreen

Welcome

We are proud of our nearly four decades of service to the Towns of Halfmoon and Clifton Park, serving the informational and recreational needs of the community as a center for life- long learning. A message from: Mrs. Josephine Piracci, Director of Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

In our brief history, we’ve grown from a
modest start-up Library, founded by a dedicated group of farsighted residents, to a tax-supported, state-of-the-art, institution serving one of the Capital District's fastest growing populations. We are also proud of this building as a leading-edge, environmentally-advanced facility. So make yourself at home and take advantage of everything we have to offer. You’ll find a qualified and friendly staff to help, whatever your need. Your Library card is your passport to a great adventure!

Services and Programs

Ask a Librarian, Technology Services, Programs, Internet Research, Main Collection / Reading, Historical Collections - backed by an experienced and professional library staff

Floor Plans

This is an interactive view of our first and second floors.

Our Library

Expansion Story

A 10-plus year effort to gain understanding, support and approval results in asuccessful 2004 referendum for library expansion.

The goals of the library district are to build a modern library to keep pace with community growth and to be a leading example of an environmentally-advanced facility.

A 10-plus year effort to gain understanding, support and approval results in a successful 2004 referendum for library expansion.

Location
• 38 sites studies
• Moe Road site selected:
• Center of library district
• Largest & lowest cost
• Safest / ease of access

Design
• Six core library functions
• Flexibility / expandability

Proposal
• Two prior defeats in 1994 & 2003
• New 2004 proposal:
• Stressed affordability
• "Right sized" for core needs
• Accommodates short term growth
• Referendum passes in September of 2004

Construction
• Groundbreaking occurred in June of 2005
• 14 months of construction
• Library completed on October 1, 2006
• NYSERDA grant for "green" building design

Library district goals:
• Build a modern library to keep pace with community growth
• Be a leading example of an environmentally-advanced facility

Building "Green"

Building a high performance, "green" library benefits the entire community, resulting in economical, environmental and health benefits with reduced impact on local resources. By pursuing a LEED® certification, the library will be in compliance with national standards for excellence in energy and environmental design.

What a high performance, "green" library means to the community

Building to "green" principles
• Careful site planning
• Use of efficient technologies and materials
• Water conservation
• Healthy indoor environment

Yields tangible benefits
• Lower energy costs - estimated 34 percent reduction
• Improved air quality for patrons and staff
• Conservation of natural resources

Verifiable through independent measurement standards
• Pursuit of LEED® certification - application of sustainable principles
• Compliance with national standards - U.S. Green Building Council

Economical, environmental and health benefits with reduced impact on local resources.

Building Overview

We have built a new state-of-the-art, "green" library for Clifton Park and Halfmoon. It is three times as large as the previous library with special features for people of all ages. The library has been built to reduce the environmental impact, use resources efficiently and promote a healthy indoor environment. As a result, it is one of the first certified "green" library in New York State and has received a NYSERDA grant to pursue LEED® certification.

A new state-of-the-art, "green" library for Clifton Park & Halfmoon

• 55,000 square foot, two story facility - a 3X expansion
• With capabilities for further expansion in the future
• Expanded reading, reference & computer lab areas
• A dedicated children’s library
• Restoration of flexible program and study areas

 

• Reduction in overall impact on the environment
• Efficient use of energy, water and other resources
• Maintaining a healthy environment for staff patrons
• Recipient of NYSERDA grant to pursue LEED® certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

Artifacts Found Here!

During the excavation of the new library site, artifacts that may be over 8,000 years old were discovered. After the discovery, a careful archaeological review of the site was conducted to ensure that all of the artifacts were uncovered before construction of the library began.

An archaeological review of the Library site unearthed artifacts from pre-historic Americans possibly dating back to 6000 B.C. NY State Historic Preservation experts theorized that the site may have been a camp area for a transitory band of very early Native Americans.

Artifacts collected at the site are believed to be remnants of primitive tools and utensils. The Library is documenting the importance of this study, which will forever connect the Library with those Native Americans. The artifacts are curated at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY.

Green Features

What makes us Green?

- Application of Recycled Materials
- Extensive Use of Day Lighting
- Advanced Monitoring and Control      Systems
- A Healthier Indoor Environment

Extensive use of recyclables and low-energy materials

Design
- Use of Day Lighting
- Window wall allows natural lighting
- Advanced Control Systems
- Advanced energy control and monitoring

Construction
- Use of recycled materials
- Structural steel
- Gypsum in wall board
- Low energy-embodied materials
- Regionally-sourced masonry
- Minimizes energy in transport

Furnishings
- Use of recycled materials
- Flooring
- Counter tops
- Use of natural materials
- Wall covering

This results in a significant reduction in the impact on the environment and on future generations.

LEED® Cerfication

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. USGBC's members, representing every sector of the building industry, developed and continue to refine LEED®.

LEED® was created to:
• Define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement
• Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
• Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
• Stimulate green competition
• Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
• Transform the building market

LEED® - Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design
- Commitment to 36 specific actions      with measurable benefits to the      environment.
- Design, Construction and Operation

LEED® recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. USGBC's members, representing every sector of the building industry, developed and continue to refine LEED®.

LEED® was created to:
• Define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement
• Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
• Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
• Stimulate green competition
• Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
• Transform the building market

LEED® recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources.

LEED® provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED® emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Energy Monitoring

Live Energy Monitoring of Electricity usage and CO2 emissions. View monthly or weekly data.

Daylighting

Sunlight is Free - Daylighting simulation that shows what percentage of light is currently being made naturally versus artifically


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