the library we want capital campaign and legacy project the Valatie Free Library 3203 Church St. box 336 valatie, ny 12184 The Valatie Free Library’s Evergreen Project for the Library We Want.The future Valatie Free Library on Kinderhook Street (Rt 9) will be a near Net-Zero building.Considering the exponentially rising costs of energy, a plan to relocate to a much larger spacewould prohibitively deplete the operating budget. The librarys goal is to reduce both the needand the expense of energy for the library.Architecture has provided a unique solution: our building designer has specified energy-efficientmaterials and construction techniques. The planned green building project will align ourresource-use with ever-green practices, including the installation of skylights and photovoltaicsolar panel technology, with the goal of attaining Net-Zero energy usage.The innovative building materials and techniques include energy-efficient thermal SteelStructural Insulated Galvalume Panels (SSIPs), combined with an expanded polystyrene core.The shell for the new addition will be composed of SSIPs for the external, load-bearing wallsand form an integral part of the roof system. This building envelope will protect against fire,hurricanes, and other disasters, saving on fire insurance and drastically reducing resourcedepletion of the librarys operating budget. The specified materials and construction techniquesare resistant to fire, pestilence and storms developed in the rebuilding of New Orleans and theGulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Valatie is one of the very first to employ these newmaterials outside of the Gulf Coast.With the ability to generate power from the sun during an emergency, such as an ice storm orother incident, the librarys solar power has an additional opportunity for net metering: thelibrary produces power when the sun shines-sending it into the grid-only purchasing power backfrom the grid when needed, all serving to lower costs and leave the librarys operating budgetintact.With costs matched by the State of New Yorks "Public Library Construction Grant Program",and additional installation costs funded through rebates by the NYS Energy Research andDevelopment Authority (NYSERDA), the building and installation cost of these improvementsshould pay for themselves within a few years. Utility savings will yield funds for the purchase ofbooks and materials for the librarys collections, as well as for operating budget and programs.The hybrid building is iconic for an online innovative hub, serving the entire community, and willalso foster communication and cooperation between many library and community patrons andgroups. The success of this project will include an energized landscape of learning and access toinformation for all age groups as well as provide a centralized location and facility that meetsmultiple community needs, i.e. community hub.As the library barn building is prominently visible from Kinderhook Street, these greeninitiatives will publicly demonstrate the VFLs environmental stewardship.Please see the United Nations’ Sustainability Initiative for their Rio+20 Summit which featuresour library project: http://futurewewant.org/portfolio/sustainable-library-ibrary/ Capit alCampaign@Valat ieLibrary.net
Vol. 12-26 6.26.12 Valatie Library Gets International Attention!The Valatiesome very high praiseCounty has received Library in Columbia for their plans “Net Zero” Defined by the U.S. Department of Energy: “In general, a net-zero energy building produces asto build a “near net-zero” energy library facility! much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Net-zeroThe United Nations Sustainability Initiative, The Future energy buildings are very energy efficient. The remaining lowWe Want / Rio+20, has selected the Valatie Library’s energy needs are typically met with on-site renewable energy.”project to feature on its Solutions page and duringtheir Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which was heldlast week. From the library’s press release: MHLS Announcements MHLS will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. There will be no deliveries.“Valaties 80 year old library was no longer meeting the needs of itsconstituency. Considering the exponentially rising costs of energy,a plan to relocate to a much larger space would prohibitively Resource Sharing & Millenniumdeplete the operating budget. The librarys goal is to reduce both Eric Takes a Road Trip to Help Your Library! Don’tthe need and the expense of energy for the library. miss out! Starting in July, Eric McCarthy, MHLS Automation Coordinator, will be taking a road trip to allArchitecture has provided a unique solution: our building designer, five counties served by MHLS to provide training onDavid Bienn - who has over two decades of “evergreen” design Patron Data Entry. It is strongly recommended by theinitiatives, working with sustainable communities in Europe and the Directors Association that each library plan to send atUSA - has specified energy-efficient, emerging-technology least one staff person to a session:materials and construction techniques, viewing the building as amicrocosm of the community. The planned green building project Thursday, July 12 | Mahopac Librarywill align our resource-use with ever-green practices, including the Monday, July 16 | Catskill Public Libraryinstallation of skylights, photovoltaic solar panel technology, andductless air conditioning, with the goal of attaining Net-Zero Thursday, July 19 | Elting Memorial Library in New Paltzenergy usage, "allowing the library to be more self-sufficientin unpredictable economic times, as an ever-present member Wednesday, July 25 | MHLS Auditorium in Poughkeepsieof the Valatie and world community", said Bienn.” Friday, July 27 | Roeliff Jansen Community in HillsdalePlease see the United Nations Sustainability Initiative Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/for more information on the Valatie Project:http://futurewewant.org/portfolio/sustainable-library-ibrary/ Trustee ResourcesTrend Watching: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Got a FOIL Policy? Many libraries are required toCoordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability, has have a policy that outlines how to respond to arecently heard from three member libraries that are Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request.currently considering “Net-Zero Energy” goals for their FOIL is intended to allow citizens to access the recordsnew facility projects! Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable of government and related entities. Check out pages 3-Building Advisor and LEED AP and available to your library 9 of Your Right to Know:to discuss your energy efficiency plans! http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/pdfs/right2know.pdf for
http://www.registerstar.com/articles/2012/07/17/news/doc5004da5ccb8ca746639154.txtBy Barbara ReinaFor Hudson-Catskill NewspapersTuesday, July 17, 2012VALATIE — Design concepts for the future home of theValatie Free Library were counted among an elite selectionof sustainable visions featured at the United Nations’Sustainability Initiative, The Future We Want/Rio+20,summit in Rio de Janeiro last month.The plan for the new library, along with providing morespace, is aimed at low energy use and sustainability.Building Designer David Bienn met with a reporter recentlyat the library’s future home, the historic Steam RailroadFreight Barn on Kinderhook Street in Valatie. building was built in the 1890s on River Street next to theAs designer, Bienn said that the future library concept is a railroad tracks and later relocated to Kinderhook Street in“near-net zero” energy usage building. the 1930s.“The planned green building project will align resource use Valatie Free Library Board President Erica Balon said, “I amwith ever-green practices, including the installation of very excited to give my full support for the Valatie Freeskylights and photovoltaic solar panel technology, with the Library project.” She added, “David Bienn has spentgoal of attaining net zero energy usage,” Bienn said. numerous hours with various members of the community to develop a sustainable library plan for a building we can growAccording to Bienn, “the strategies that we are applying to with for years to come.”move the Valatie Free Library into the range of net zeroenergy usage will allow the building to sustain itself and be Co-chairwoman of the library’s “The Library We Want”more self-sufficient.” capital campaign Lori Yarotsky said “the community is overwhelmingly excited” about the project.Utilizing solar power technology goes hand-in-hand with netmetering, affording solar panels to soak up energy She said that the library serves a population of 4,400,transformed into power from the sun, sending it into the grid including residents of rural Kinderhook, Kinderhook Lake,which is purchased back from the grid only when needed, Valatie and Niverville. It’s part of the Mid-Hudson Libraryaccording to Bienn. “New York is very progressive in utilizing System.net metering,” Bienn said. Yarotsky said that the present library location on ChurchAlthough the new building is being designed to incorporate Street has 600 square feet of usable space. The new buildingmodern technology, Bienn said, “I’m very sensitive to will offer space three times that of the present library. Thepreserving the cultural identity, the roots,” of architecture. new site rests on a half-acre of land with a parking lot andBienn said he strives to “preserve and enhance what is handicapped accessible entrance.already there.” The first annual summer dinner dance gala to benefit theThe new location, previously the home of the Hummingbird library will be held on August 11 at the Niverville Fire HouseGift Shop, was acquired by the library for $125,000, said Pavilion.Valatie Free Library Board Vice President Randall Schmit. The
VALATIE - The historicSteam Railroad FreightBarn on Route 9 will betransformed from a dusty,neglected building with anovergrown lawn to an to create a modern buildingenergy efficient, high with near "net-zero" energyceilinged, light filled use for the new villagelibrary, if the Valatie Free library. The library isLibrary (VFL) board has its chartered to serve not onlyway. Valatie, but Niverville,The library bought the Kinderhook Lake and partsbuilding a year ago and of the Town of Kinderhook.hired David Bienn, who The Village of Kinderhookspecializes in sustainable, has its own library, whichcommunity based projects,
is chartered by the state to to donors about naming “This barn has really great our recent purchase of the The design has gotten someservice the village and parts rights to sections of the bones,” Mr. Bienn said of building on Kinderhook attention. The Unitedof Stuyvesant. library. A gala fundraiser is the structure, which dates Street,” Ms. Balon said in Nations Sustainability scheduled for this Saturday, from the 1870s. He said the release. Initiative, The Future WeAccording to Lori August 11, at the Niverville what he and the board want Want/Rio+20, selected theYarotsky, co-chair of “The Firehouse Pavilion. to do is create an The VFL purchased the design to feature on itsLibrary We Want” capital “ecological retrofit of an 1,900-square-foot building, website. Ms. Yarotskycampaign, the Valatie Mr. Bienn said he and the old building.” at 1036 Kinderhook Street, said that it was the onlyLibrary provides service to library are waiting for in March of 2011 for library to be showcased.an area of 4,400 people. concrete numbers on the “I am very excited to give $125,000. Their currentAnd now the board is trying construction costs and that my full support for the VFL space is 660 square feet. In an interview with theto raise money for the new design elements are still Sustainable Library project, The board plans to sell the Columbia Paper in Marchlibrary through corporate being discussed, especially offering our community a library building on Church of last year, Ms. Balon said,and individual donations, those aspects where the library they deserve,” Erica Street after the library “We are really excited toand state library grants. library will try to keep up Balon, the president of the moves to the new building. have more space.” She also with current "green library Board of Trustees, said she was excited for theNeither Ms. Yarotsky nor building" plans. But theMr. Bienn, who sat down said in a press release. She library to be more visible library board has settled on said that the board decided “The space is going to be on the main route, whichwith the Columbia Paper in a floor plan and some dynamic and exciting,” saidmid-July, would discuss the 10 years ago that they had also has a parking lot, features, like added outgrown the current space. Mr. Bienn of the new unlike the current library.amount the board hopes to windows, an upstairs library, which he hopes willraise for the project, though “Since that time, the Board reading room and plantings of Trustees have worked open in March or April ofthey did say the capital around the building. 2013. For more information about thecampaign will start soon very hard to budget and gala and capital campaign, emailand they are already talking save enough funds to allow CapitalCampaign@valatielibrary.net. http://columbiapaper.com/index.php/the-news/2881-by-emilia-teasdale
2The Valatie Free Library is a small library with plans to make a big difference. The thresholdfor defining a “small library” in the United States, according to LJ’s Best Small Library in AmericaAward, is a library serving fewer than 25,000 people. The Valatie Free Library serves just over4300 people and currently does so in a 750 square foot library building. Now that’s small!Yet this small library, in rural New York, had the spotlight on it during Rio+20, the UnitedNations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.The library caught the attention of the UN’s Sustainability Initiative, The Future WeWant/Rio+20, for its commitment to investing in a new library facility with the goal of attainingnear net-zero energy usage.Net-zero has been defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as a building that produces asmuch energy as it uses over the course of a year. Net-zero energy buildings are very energyefficient. The remaining low-energy needs are typically met with onsite renewable energy.This small rural library, with an operating budget of just over $70,000, has been saving for yearsto address its space issues. With just 750 square feet, the library is serving its community in afacility less than one-quarter of the size necessary.AN EXPLOSION OF ACTIVITYIn the past ten years, the library has seen a literal explosion of activity; in 2002, the libraryoffered just six programs for the public; last year, almost 140. Program attendance is up morethan 1000 percent.“Ten years ago we could fit programs outside, weather permitting, or inside the library afterregular operating hours. Now, we conduct programs in a local church hall, a former village café,and the library. Scheduling events has become a challenge as we work around usage by othergroups and try to fit larger groups of children into our current very small building,” says librarydirector Elizabeth Powhida. “In the current library, seating and workspace are very limited. It isdifficult and sometimes impossible to have room for tutors and their students, patrons usinglaptops, and people reading a newspaper or book at the one table [we have]. To accommodatethis usage, we set up card tables in corners, making a crowded facility even more crowded,”says Powhida.When a property on the main thoroughfare near the village became available, the board perkedup and started watching the asking price. As the economy nose-dived, the property ownersbecame more motivated to sell and the price dropped. The library expressed interest early onbut was firm that the asking price was not within reach. After two years of patience by thelibrary board, the owners ended up cutting the initial asking price in half, making it achievablefor the library.
3THE BUILDING PROCESSThe “new” building was originally constructed as the Kinderhook Steam Railroad Freight Barn inthe 1890s and was moved along Route 9 in the Village of Valatie in the 1930s. By planning touse existing building stock rather than clear-cutting land and employing new resources to builda new library, the board had already begun down the path that would garner worldwideattention.“Valatie’s 80-year-old library building was no longer meeting the needs of its constituency.Considering the exponentially rising costs of energy, a plan to relocate to a much larger spacewould prohibitively deplete the operating budget,” says library board president Erica Balon.Attention to the built environment, commitment to project cost efficiency, and an eye towardfeasible operating costs in a facility three times the size of its current facility have led theValatie Free Library to begin working with architect David Bienn, who has over two decades ofexperience, specifically with “evergreen” design initiatives, in conjunction with sustainablecommunities in Europe and the United States. While working with GEN, the Global EcovillageNetwork, Bienn notes he had a front-row seat to observe emerging sustainable designtechnologies being applied in Scandinavia, Scotland, and other sites in Europe at the time. Afteralmost 20 years abroad, Bienn returned to the United States to help rebuild New Orleans afterHurricane Katrina.LEARNING FROM KATRINABienn, with input from Powhida and the Valatie library board, has designed a facility that willcreate a highly energy-efficient library facility using emerging-technology materials andconstruction techniques that have come to the fore during the rebuilding of New Orleans.“The community has been very patient with our existing facility. We look forward to offering alibrary where adults can leisurely browse, teens have their special nook, and children have asecure, spacious, and cheerful room. We envision a comfortable location in which we canconduct classes and provide speakers and presentations for groups, currently impossible,”Powhida says. “I hope people will be attracted first to the beauty and energy-efficient design ofthe building itself and then to what this library can provide—the means to enrich life andexpand its possibilities.”Bienn views the building as a “microcosm of the community” and is motivated not only by theexciting things happening in library services these days but also by the opportunity to have thisnew library serve as an inspiration for sustainable design.“The role of the designer is to listen and help to birth that process, especially in a public facilitysuch as the Valatie Free Library, and to try to help manifest that architectural archetype thatbest resonates with the needs and desires of all involved,” says Bienn. “At the same time, in theValatie project we are trying to attain a near net-zero energy use, i.e., we are trying toimplement and overlay a new set of technologies that are subject to existing codes based onconventional building techniques and striving to gain ground in practical application. There aremany factors to juggle to satisfy all requirements and wishes, and the end result is still a movingtarget.”
4THE VALATIE DESIGNThe design includes the installation of skylights, photo-voltaic solar panel technology, andductless air-conditioning, with the goal of creating a facility that has a low demand for energyto light, while heating and cooling it while generating the energy load that is needed onsite.The planned building envelope, made of materials and construction techniques developed inthe rebuilding of New Orleans, will also protect against fire, hurricanes, and other naturaldisasters, thus also saving on insurance.“Since the Gulf Coast experienced the devastation of the storms of 2005, a whole slew of thelatest building technologies have appeared as start-ups and business incubators in the region,”says Bienn. “These technologies are focused on the viability and strength of the structures inhurricane circumstances and also improve variously fire regulation standards, termiteprotection, and strength of materials. We expect to use one such system at Valatie—the SIPsystem of wall and roof construction for the new area of the building. That’s a structural steelinsulated panel system, a method that has been constantly updated and improved since beingoriginally introduced in a simple form by one of the students of Frank Lloyd Wright.”An opportunity is also being found with the ability to generate power from the sun during anemergency, such as an ice storm or other incident. Last year the region suffered from HurricaneIrene, and many residents sought refuge in area libraries where they could charge phones,tablets, and laptops (as well as find a functioning restroom!). With a growing number ofresidents who are telecommuting and those who split their work between upstate towns andNew York City, the ability to connect online is vital to their livelihood.“Maintaining the status quo among universally rising costs—especially within the context of thisuncertain economy—is a primary concern for donors,” says capital campaign cochair LoriYarotsky. “The library’s operating budget is scrutinized and evaluated against both the knowncurrent rate of inflation and the unknown but exponentially rising cost of energy. The mostcommon question I receive from donors? Is your budget sustainable? Are you sustainable forten years or more? The solution afforded by a sustainable library with a near-net-zero footprintbrings donor focus back to the classic realm, where their generosity can help [their] community,and the library can remain open and vital.”