Attendees included Palmetto Mayor J. Clark Boddie, county Chairman John Eaves, Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards and library interim Director Anne Haimes.
The $3.6 million, 10,000-square-foot library is part of a $275 million, eight-library building program, funded by bonds voters approved in 2008.
The library will be located at 9111 Cascade Palmetto Hwy. near the Palmetto Police Department, just north of Roosevelt Highway.
The library system’s goal, according to spokeswoman Kelly Robinson, is to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver status, granted by the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, which recognizes contractors’ conservation measures.
“Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects,” Robinson said in a statement.
Robinson said each library will reflect “the culture and interests of its community,” a goal Gregory Walker of Midtown-based Houser Walker Architecture, which designed the new library for $311,000, said will be accomplished.
“The design concept for the Palmetto library imagines the structure as a series of ‘rooms’ or small buildings within a rural landscape. The team was inspired by the Redwine Plantation barn, located nearby the site,” he said in a statement. “The materials used for the exterior of the library draw upon the legacy of building in the entire Palmetto and Chattahoochee Hills regions, while reinforcing the civic character of the structure. They will age well and give a rich patina to the building as time passes.”
Amenities will include a multipurpose room with state-of-the-art media and a kitchenette, public computers, Wi-Fi, a group study and tutoring room, and separate children’s and teen areas.
The architect’s portfolio includes the Toco Hills branch library in DeKalb County.
On the web: www.afpls.org/building-for-the-future