McKim & Creed provided MEP-FP design and third-party commissioning services for East Asheville Library, which is the first LEED-certified building built by Buncombe County Government in North Carolina.
The 13,900-square-foot library features administrative areas, reading rooms, activity/study rooms and multi-purpose community rooms. The HVAC system consists of a heat recovery variable flow refrigerant (VRF) system. Two energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) — one of which is equipped with demand controlled ventilation to accommodate high, yet fluctuating, occupancy — provide ventilation air for the building.
Environmental stewardship was a key component of the design. The building orientation, building envelope, and MEP systems were optimized for efficiency. In addition, the building roof structure and electrical system were designed to readily accept solar photovoltaics (PV) to provide onsite renewable energy.
The plumbing system design includes storm, drainage waste and vent (DWV), and domestic water pressure systems throughout the facility, and utilizes EPA WaterSense low-flow fixtures and instantaneous water heaters with thermostatic control. The fire protection system design consists of performance criteria for light hazard and Ordinary Hazard Groups 1 and 2 in accordance with NFPA 13.