City of Houston, Kingwood Branch Library

Civic & Community, LEED & EcoServices

LEED Silver New Construction
Location

Kingwood, Texas

Size

30,000 sf

Project Features
  • Replacement branch library
  • Signature building for community
  • Meeting spaces
  • Video conferencing
  • Houses 120,000 library materials
The new, 30,000-sf Kingwood Branch Library is a signature, amenity rich, energy efficient building made possible by a joint-venture between Harris County and the City of Houston. It services residence seeking information through traditional print materials, audio-visual materials or through the internet, informational databases, and programs. The library is also a meeting place for organizations and groups throughout northeast Harris County and is a site for video conferencing. It houses 120,000 traditional library materials, is equipped with 146 computers for public use, and can hold up to 400 occupants.

A destination for all ages, the library has a floor for adults and teens, a children’s activity area, teen media room, study rooms, a computer lab, meeting space, and a conference room. Most importantly, the library is like an extension of one’s living room with comforting seating and natural light with excellent views of the surrounding forest area. Achieving LEED Silver certification, the Kingwood Branch Library has become a landmark “green” building for the community. An education program was even installed to inform visitors about the sustainable aspects of the project. The new library has something to offer everyone and has become the center for civic and community life in Kingwood.
 
Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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As our Community Team Leader, Janis brings 20 years of experience and a dedication to the collaborative process to Kirksey’s Community Team. Besides her proven ability to keep projects in budget and on schedule, she is enthusiastic about developing relationships with her clients and seeing their ideas and goals become realized. Janis was the 2014 President of AIA Houston, the 2010 Chair of Gulf Coast Green, and also served on the Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston.

  • Texas Construction, Best of '10, Award of Excellence: Green Building, 2010
  • ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, Single Space, 2011