The overall concept for the Indianapolis Public Library’s Michigan Road Branch was a celebration of transitions. As the first new branch in 20 years, this project had the opportunity to showcase the future of library design. With a reduction in print materials the library has transitioned to a ‘Third Place’ that brings community together. The design process began with engaging the surrounding community with four public meetings and two teen outreach sessions. On opening day, over 1,300 patrons visited the Michigan Road Library Branch to celebrate a new connection to the northwest Indianapolis neighborhood community – a testament to the need for connection to community.
The design for the Michigan Road Library is targeted for a Silver certification for LEED v4 with 66 submitted points. The project used high efficiency HVAC systems, all LED lighting, many recycled materials, and other commonly practiced sustainable strategies. The following are some of the areas the project went above and beyond in sustainable design.