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  Dover Public LibraryDover Public Library


EDiS Company
110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801

General Description

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.

Project Team

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 wood.

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 approximately 4%.

“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.

Product Information
Brick: Glen-Gery
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: 9 Wood

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