Aiea Public Library is located on a 2.254-acre site that was part of the former Aiea Sugar Mill property. It replaced the former library which lacked sufficient capacity to serve the growing Aiea community. The 17,135 square foot building contains stack space for approximately 78,000 books along with a circulation desk, workroom, children’s reading room and other support spaces. The building’s interior and exterior design is reminiscent of the old sugar mill buildings. The interior space features exposed structural elements and air conditioning ducts, and an abundance of clerestories and skylights. A tall gable glass façade provides the focal point for pedestrians and drivers coming up Aiea Heights Drive while opening up the interior to the views of Pearl Harbor from the reading areas. A community room occupies one wing of the structure and is separated from the library proper by the main entrance breezeway to facilitate after hours use.
Parking for 53 vehicles is located on the non-view side of the property. The project is LEED® Gold certified. Sustainable design concepts employed include daylighting, photovoltaic electricity generation, energy efficient HVAC, rapidly renewable materials and low-VOC materials.
Completed: July 2014
AIEA PUBLIC LIBRARY
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