This comprehensive renovation transforms a one-story 1970s-era library into an iconic neighborhood resource with multi-generational programming to meet the needs of the surrounding community. Given the library’s location in the floodplain, the project incorporates resilient design by integrating flood mitigation strategies in both the architecture and the landscape. The green outdoor spaces include a bioswale garden and shaded areas for classrooms and experiential learning. At the new entrance, existing gates are removed and seating is added to create a more open and welcoming library presence.
In 2017, the just-opened Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center received a Design Excellence Award from PDC, and was highlighted in this year’s event for its design and performance relative to the Sustainable Development Goals.