Salisbury Public Library in Salisbury, Massachusetts. © Greig Cranna.

Salisbury Public Library



The Salisbury Public Library was originally built in 1885 and has been moved and renovated over the years. In 2008, the Trustees approved the construction of a new building to replace the old library. Designed by Design Partnership of Cambridge (DPC), the new facility incorporates the definitive shingle style architecture native to the Salisbury sea coast community.

Thornton Tomasetti provided sustainable design strategies, energy modeling, and LEED consulting services for the new library. During the schematic design phases, Thornton Tomasetti’s sustainability specialists provided innovative, climate-responsive solutions to the design team to achieve the project’s sustainability goals. Definitive efforts to establish a sustainable library included strategically routing site and roof drainage to ensure site run-off quality standards; carefully choosing all plumbing fixtures early in the design to effectively reduce water consumption as much as possible; utilizing LED lighting throughout the building to not only drastically reduce energy consumption but also significantly cut back on fixture replacement over the life of the building; making use of a VRF / Energy Recovery system early in design to improve the use of the new space and substantially reduce required energy and resources associated with more conventional systems.

Through collaboration with the client and the design team, Thornton Tomasetti actively pursued opportunities for the project during the design process to achieve the highest viable level
of sustainability goals, LEED Gold certification and 46 percent energy cost savings over a code building.

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