Colorado Renewable Energy Society Commercial Building Award
First Carbon Positive Library in the U.S.
LEED Gold Building
The 20,000 square foot Anythink Brighton Library fulfills the Rangeview Library District’s edict to “create unexpected places that support people’s learning”. Each space is unique in form and function. The library includes a colorful children’s room, teen oasis, adult collection, multipurpose space, computer lab, study nooks, quiet reading rooms, and central fireplace.
Brighton, CO, located 20 miles northeast of Denver, is a high-plains agricultural city with a bustling old town and a rapidly expanding renewable energy industry. The library site is located in the heart of the old town adjacent to the city’s historic Armory building, which serves as Brighton’s Cultural Center.
The library’s long southern façade captures the language and rhythm of old town Brighton while the north façade is articulated with colorful curving walls. The library’s entry joins these two sides and acts as a pedestrian main street, inviting patrons to explore.
A geothermal heat pump system is located under the parking lot and provides heating and cooling for the building through an under floor air distribution system, increasing the efficiency of the building. A 109 kilowatt photovoltaic system located on the roof provides enough energy for the building to feed back into the city’s electrical grid.
The Anythink Brighton is the first carbon positive library in the United States and received a LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.