Visitors at Texas Library 'Sitting in Tree House'

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Project:

Seguin Public Library

Location:

Seguin, Texas

Design Team:

PGAL of Los Angeles & 720 Design

Product Specs:

400 Series Curtainwall and T24000 I/O Storefront

Originally Published:

When the City of Seguin, Texas, decided to tear down its old library and build a new one, the priority was to leverage the natural beauty of its site along the banks of Walnut Creek.

Challenge: 

In Nov. 2017, the Seguin Public Library earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Bringing the outdoors inside of this two-story facility, a curtainwall frames these natural views and leverages natural light. In addition, cantilevered decks overlook the creek and a popular walking and biking trail.

Influence: 

Designed by PGAL of Los Angeles and 720 Design of Dallas, the 43,000-sq.-ft. library is three times the size of the original building, providing more area for books, technology and spaces to sit, read and enjoy the natural surroundings. Thanks to the new curtainwall with high-performance glass, a quiet room extends into the branches of a pecan tree letting visitors feel as if they are sitting in a transparent tree house.

Criteria: 

Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize process supports environmentally responsible practices and design-forward thinking. It creates a frosty matte appearance, hides small defects common in recycled aluminum, contains no VOCs and meets or exceeds all AAMA 611 specifications. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restorationof the building.

Solution: 

Sage Architectural Products provided glazing contractor Bulverde Glass of San Antonio with 16,300 sq. ft. of Tubelite’s 400 Series Curtainwall and T14000 I/O storefront, plus four Wide Stile doors and frames. Along with Tubelite’s curtainwall, Sage also supplied Bulverde with champagne-colored aluminum sunscreens from Industrial Louvers to shade library patrons from the Texas heat. In addition, the library incorporates metal accent panels, local limestone and brick with exposed wood roof decking for the exterior.

Throughout the decades, the curtainwall continues to prove its aesthetic flexibility and reliable structural performance. Contributing to this reliability, Linetec finished the aluminum framing members in a dark brown anodize.

Tubelite’s products are manufactured to meet the aesthetic, performance and environmental goals of each project, as well as for easy fabrication and installation. Demonstrating its dependability and partnership, Tubelite’s Damage Free Guaranteed ensures orders are delivered undamaged, complete and on time.

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