Hudson Public Library
Hudson, Ohio

The Hudson Library recently opened a new 2-story, 52,000 square foot facility. Tec Inc. completed the Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Technology and Lighting Design for this project.

The building program features an energy efficient, lighting design utilizing a variety of fixtures that enhance the architectural features and provide excellent visual comfort. The lighting controls for this facility are completely automated. Several areas take advantage of daylighting with daylight sensors controlling daytime illumination. Lighting was designed with visual tasks, building finishes, and character of the spaces in mind. Stacks are illuminated uniformly on the horizontal and vertical planes using a design standard developed by Tec.

A state-of-the-art technology system pathways are included featuring a fiber-optic backbone connecting the two floors and utilizing the latest cabling and networking standards throughout the building. The library uniquely operates two independent wireless networks.

The mechanical system design is environmentally friendly. The chilled water system utilizes a lower chilled water temperature and greater temperature drop in the system to reduce the air handlers, pumps, piping and ductwork sizes, while maintaining comfort. This approach translates into reduced operating and maintenance costs, as well as a significant savings in initial construction cost.

The anticipated success of the system design for Morley Library led to the engineering design to utilize a similar approach for Hudson Library. This successful design has been operating as expected throughout the recent cooling season.

The Western Reserve architecture of Hudson Library blends with the other buildings and makes it the centerpiece of downtown Hudson.