The first new MLS library location in Oklahoma City in more than 30 years, this 35,000 square foot library features imagery of the Oklahoma prairie including study areas housed in glass that resemble oil-derricks. Wood-slat walls are reminiscent of the oil-field equipment crates that were historically used as temporary housing. Shelving end-panels feature scenes from the Oklahoma prairie such as wheat fields and windmills.
In May 2008, the project was awarded to LWPB Architecture teamed with library planning consultant Richard and Bauer (Phoenix, AZ). They were selected from a field of six candidates. It was completed in 2012 and incorporates several features important to the client including the maximum use of daylight and a safety room.
The Northwest Library has broad sustainability features that allow it to become the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified public library built in Oklahoma. The project has attained LEED Silver Certification for New Construction, a sustainable certification granted by the United States Green Building Council. LED lighting, day-lighted interiors, geothermal heating /cooling, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, low-emitting finishes, and regionally acquired materials with high recycled content provide the facility with a low impact development sustainable footprint.
This facility is only the second project of the City of OKC’s public buildings to garner this achievement. The first one being the Bricktown Fire Station also designed by LWPB Architecture in 2011.
Bentley Flooring is truly honored to play a part in this imaginative, magnificent project.