110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801
Location: Dover, Delaware
Date Bid: Jan 2011
Construction Period: Mar 2011 to Sep 2012 Total Square Feet:
46,424 Site: 4.666 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 24,018; second floor, 16,901; each
additional floor, 5,505; total, 46,424 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 11'8"; each
additional floor, 18’; total, 52’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type IIB & IV.
Foundation: Site-cast concrete, CMU, composite slabs. Exterior
Walls: High-performance brick cavity wall, aluminum shingles.
Roof: Standing seam, EPDM, TPO, slate shingles, green roof.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, LLP - 214 West 29th
Street Tower, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Structural Engineer: Baker, Ingram & Associates - 1050 South
State Street, Dover, DE 19901
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Kohler Ronan, LLC - 301 Main
Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Civil Engineer and Associate Architect: Becker Morgan Group, Inc.
- 309 South Governors Avenue, Dover, DE 19904
Landscape Architect: Landscape Architectural Services, LLC - P.O.
Box 293, Dover, DE 19903
Environmental & Lighting Consultant: Atelier Ten - 195 Church
Street, New Haven, CT 06510
Due to severe shortages in space and technology at its current location
and the increasing demand to meet their community and patrons’ needs,
the City of Dover decided to build a new state-of-the-art facility.
Conveniently situated next to City Hall, the structure was planned to be
a cultural center for the community and designed to blend in with the
city’s history and tradition in addition to being sustainable.
The new facility is warm and inviting with its natural lighting,
beautiful architectural finishes, open spaces, fireplace and outdoor
reading garden for recitals and group activities. It includes space for
Adult Collection and administrative space, teen collection and
administrative space, circulation desk, story time room, multi-purpose
room, a technology lab, lounge, and library staff administrative space.
The library’s green roof is one example of the many sustainable aspects
of the project. With its living plant materials, the roof will help
reduce storm water run-off and the buildup of solar heat. A few of the
other green elements include a geothermal/ice storage heating and air
conditioning system, an advanced daylight harvesting system utilizing
light monitors as well as interior and exterior sun shades and grey
water recycling systems.
Another of the project's sustainable elements, the underfloor air
distribution system was implemented to significantly improve energy
efficiency and indoor air quality. The system required ductwork to be
located beneath a raised floor system. The vaulted ceilings and finishes
had to be completed prior to the installation of the mechanical system,
which created an atypical sequencing of work.
The design, complex in nature due to the use of different materials and
the mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles, presented
an exciting construction challenge. Through the design and construction
teams' value engineering efforts, the team was able to modify certain
material selections and construction methods. This allowed for the
addition of state-of-the-art program elements such as the HVAC system,
the teen loft, reading garden and the vaulted ceilings with exposed
The team also implemented EDiS’ signature process, PlanCheck, in
reviewing the drawings at the 90% construction document phase. This
process helped the design team to identify potential change orders and
update the design documents accordingly. At the conclusion of the
project the total change orders, excluding client requested items, were
less than 1% of the original project cost vs. the industry standard of
“The EDiS processes for cost and budget control played a key role in the
success of this project. Through accurate budget analyses, cost
alternatives, and intensive plan reviews with PlanCheck, we were able to
reduce the project costs by more than 15% without loss of scope, program
elements or quality. In effect we were able to retain several items that
were in danger of being cut out,” said Jerry Doherty, EDiS Company, VP
and Operations Manager.
The Dover Public Library is a success and will enrich the community for
decades to come.
Aluminum Exterior Shingles: Berridge
Galvalume Standing Seam Metal Roof: Merchant & Evans
Curtain Wall, External Sunshades, Glazing: Kawneer
Structural Wood Decking: Timber Systems Wood Slat Ceilings: