The Poland Library, located at 311 S Main St, Poland, Ohio opened on Dec. 03, 2001. This beautiful piece of architecture is made up of 35, 610 sq ft & was designed to reflect the classical Greek revival architecture of the Western Reserve, using green architecture for cost & energy efficiency
Designed to house a collection of
70,000 items, local artisans were used in a lot of the different aspects in construction & design such a tables, fountains, railings, artwork, & furniture to showcase local talent, the total cost to build the library was $6.078 million & $559,000 for furnishings, This was a "green architecture" style project made up of using earth-friendly products during construction & is said to be one of the foremost "green architecture" projects in the Mahoning Valley, a $400,000 grant was given by the Recycling Division of Mahoning County to help offset the construction costs using recycled materials, The ecostar roofing is made up of 100% recycled tires, rubber & plastics yet it looks just like nature slate~only one-quarter of the weight & more durable, this building uses Pella windows made up of 95% recycled aluminum, the wood flooring is recycled from old New England barns, the landscape stone walls uses stone from old stone homes & barns, & the 90 space parking lot is made up of recycled asphalt & tires! In my opinion, this building's beauty & impressive "smart" green construction, should be considered a "standard" & used as an example for new construction projects nationwide to follow!! (Taken from the Poland Library, Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, online brochure).
Tracy Evans 2013
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