The Alpine Library is the County of San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building. Located at 1752 Alpine Blvd., in Alpine, California, the approximately 12,700-square-foot, design-build library is more than four times the size of the previous facility. The new library provides access to a large collection of educational resources in addition to hosting a variety of community events and learning services. The space also acts as a safety zone for residents of the rural community during emergencies. The facility features a large children’s area for storytelling, crafts and early literacy activities, quiet study rooms, a homework center, public computers, a reading room, computer lab, dividable resource room for flexible programming, automated book check-out, Alpine Library Friends Association bookstore, and an outdoor patio overlooking the nearby park. Two giant indoor trees welcome visitors and provide a cozy nook for young readers, while teens and adults can gather in their own uniquely designed spaces to enjoy free Wifi and a network of 42 million books, DVD movies, and music CDs. The library is pursuing LEED Gold Certification and Zero Net Energy Certification through the Living Building Challenge.
Alpine library…Beautiful use of different materials interesting to look at…sensory stimulus!