Field Trip 2: Austin Central Library Green Building Tour | Sunday, March 22 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - $25.00
LIMITED TO 20 ATTENDEES! This tour covers the solar, LEED and rainwater harvesting aspects of this building, which was named one of Time Magazine's greatest places of 2018. At the Austin Central Library, which opened in 2017, the books—500,000 in total—are just the beginning of the story. There’s also an art gallery, an event space, a rooftop butterfly garden, a series of group-study rooms, a café, and a “technology petting zoo,” which enables visitors to learn about next-generation gadgets.
The building itself—which centers around a six-story, sun-drenched atrium—is cutting-edge too. (It provides the most daylighting of any public library in the country!) In July 2018, it earned a Platinum LEED certification for its sustainable design, which includes the largest single-building solar array in downtown Austin (yielding a 43% net energy reduction), and a cistern on the roof that pipes rainwater to the bathrooms contributing to the 93% reduction of indoor potable water usage.
2:30 PM - Bus departs Doubletree by Hilton
2:45 PM - Arrive at Austin Central Library Green Building
5:15 PM - Depart Library for Doubletree by Hilton