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  Draper Library, Page 28Draper Library


MHTN Architects, inc.
420 East South Temple, #100, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Draper, Utah
Total Square Feet: 20,000
Construction Period: Nov 2004 to Oct 2005

Structural Engineer: ABS Consulting, Inc. - 310 South Main Street, #300, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
General Contractor: Layton Construction Co., Inc. - 9090 South Sandy Parkway, Sandy, UT 84070
Electrical Engineer: BNA Consulting, Inc. - 635 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Mechanical Engineer: Colvin Engineering Associates, Inc. - 244 West 300 North, #200, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Acoustical Engineer: Spectrum Engineers - 175 South Main Street, #300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The Draper Library design creates harmony with the surrounding farmland through timeless character and sustainable design elements. The design focuses on the efficient functionality of the library spaces while taking advantage of the wonderful mountain views to the east and south. 

By using materials with recycled content, the Draper Library is a sustainable design and will qualify for LEED® certification. 

The MHTN design team took the base program and enhanced it to optimize the relationships and fuctionality of the library. The result is a design with increased square footage, optimal adjacencies, circulation, and function, with several interior and exterior architectural features that make the building a learning tool for the community.

The soundness and quality of the design resonates in the materials used on the project including sustainable design principles such as the re-use of barn wood taken from an old Draper City barn. The interior experience of the library has been designed around the idea of connecting the visitor to their own landscape by framing large views of the mountains and Corner Canyon. The large east window is meant to orient and draw us through the library, with each area having its own connection to Draper’s regional native landscape. For example, the Children’s area windows are lower to encourage that connection to the teaching garden immediately outside, the adult reading area window is long and expansive to capture the surrounding panoramic landscape.

The library is designed to be a state-of-the-art facility organized around its functionality as a library. The large vaulted space recalls large barn structures of the past, and acknowledges Draper’s agricultural history without literally trying to re-create any particular structure. The angular slope of the meeting room gives a nod to the slope and geometry of the mountains, and the IFA structure. Other parts and pieces give identity and scale to other parts of the library such as the staff area and young adult area.

Most materials in this structure have been selected with recycled content as one of the basic criteria. Many materials are not normally thought of as having recycled content, however in the Draper Library 40% of the carpet is made from recycled content; 40% of the steel structure; 80% of the roof deck; 57% of the ceiling tile; 25% of the metal wall studs; 12% of the brick; 30% of the exterior metal wall panels; 32% of the aluminum window system; and 20% of the batt insulation. The circulation and reference desks are made of “wheatboard” — board which is made of a composite of wheat hulls. An important part of the entry plaza is the reclaimed barnwood trellis which shades the meeting room windows. This trellis is made entirely from salvaged barnwood from local Draper history, donated by Mayor Smith from his family property.

By using sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, the Draper Library looks to the future while honoring the City’s agricultural past.

DIV 04:
Brick: Interstate Brick.
DIV 05: Metal Joists: Vulcraft. 
DIV 07: Manufactured Wall Panels: Omega® Panels by Laminators; Metal Roof: Berridge Manufacturing. 
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Vistawall.
DIV 09: Carpet: Shaw, Lees; Gypsum: BPB; Paint: Columbia. 
DIV 16: Lighting: Lightolier, Autolux.

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