Lisle Library District   
Lisle, Illinois
New Building



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In 2004 the Lisle Library Board acquired a neighboring property and interviewed five firms and selected Carow Architects Plus for the project. Three alternative concepts were developed for a building of 45,000 sf. Two of the concepts were to add to the present building and one was for a totally new building that allowed the present building to remain in operation during construction. On reviewing the alternatives, the Board decided the additions were costly and ineffective, and approved Carow to complete schematic design for the new building.

The design followed LEED standards for energy-efficiency including north lighting that allows artificial lights to be turned off during most of the day over a majority of the library, light shelves, green roofs, and low-maintenance landscaping. A future addition of 15,000 sf was planned to be built above the second floor. The project with an estimated construction cost of $14 million for 46,000 square feet and a garden site development was submitted to referendum and was not supported by the community.

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