Gulf Gate Library
Services - LEED Certification
Gulf Gate Library is a 2 story, 25,920 sq. ft. building featuring automated book sorting technology, a dividable meeting room equipped with a “hearing loop” for the hearing impaired, children’s and teens’ areas, group study rooms, and comfortable reading areas. In response to the unique shape of the site and the requirements of the building program, the east wall of the building is set at a 10 degree angle to the rest of the architecture, creating a unique building geometry and space for walled reading gardens. Plan organization locates the lobby, meeting room, bookstore and the public computer area along a central east – west axis, with library collections to the north and south and staff and support areas to the west at the back of the site. The plan allows for flexibility in the use of the space, as areas such as the lobby and meeting room are located adjacent to the main entrance and can be utilized outside of general library hours for special events. The aesthetics of the library reflect the Craftsman style architecture in Sarasota. Exterior materials include ledge stone, cement plaster, wood veneer panels, and standing seam roofing and wall cladding. Sustainable design elements include north facing clerestory glazing to allow diffused natural light into the center of the building, LED lighting, a displacement ventilation system, a magnetic bearing chiller, water efficient plumbing fixtures, locally produced and recycled building materials, and electric vehicle charging stations. The project earned a LEED Silver certification.