At the heart of the Shelburne community lies the historic Town Hall. Constructed in 1929, the 5,700 sf building provides a stately home for numerous town events. The attached Pierson Library, a beloved and well-used community center, was quickly becoming too small for a growing population of area patrons. Both buildings were challenged by moisture, costly operational energy, and poor air-quality. The Town of Shelburne decided to replace the existing library with a new net-zero-ready library of approximately 12,500 sf on two levels. Honoring the historic character of the Town Hall was central to the project and required careful consideration and integration by all design disciplines for cost effectively improving comfort, accessibility, and performance. The new library was designed as an addition to the historic Town Hall and employs a high-performance building envelope and mechanical systems.
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-Lara Keenan, Vermont State Consultant for Library Government and Management (former Pierson Library Director)