The West Perry Library, a branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, has been honored with the 2023 Green Building of the Year Award in the LEED for Building Design and Construction category by the U.S. Green Building Council's East North Central Region. This prestigious award recognizes The Library's commitment to sustainable design.
The U.S. Green Building Council's East North Central Region recently announced the recipients of its Leadership Awards on June 23, 2023. Nominated projects underwent rigorous evaluation based on the LEED rating system's key categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, location and linkages, awareness and education, and innovation in design. An esteemed panel of LEED professionals carefully reviewed the nominations.
Adam Parsons, the director of facilities at the Indianapolis Public Library, expressed his pride in the West Perry Branch's achievement, stating, "The West Perry Branch is the latest of four new branches, all of them earning LEED Silver or Gold certification. The Library also has two new branches under construction, both with a target of LEED Silver. With IndyPL covering the entirety of Marion County, our architects and engineers have had to adapt to a variety of landscapes, neighborhoods, and ordinances, all the while focusing on our core mission: serving our patrons. The West Perry Branch is a great example of providing service while maintaining good stewardship of taxpayer funds."
Lindsay Haddix, the branch manager of the West Perry Branch, shared her enthusiasm for The Library's recognition, stating, "The West Perry Branch is a huge asset to the community! Its LEED-rated design draws patrons from near and far to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding woods and unique architecture. The innovative design creates an ideal space for patrons of all ages to read, play, work, and study."
The West Perry Library’s LEED Gold certification was awarded in July 2022 when the branch earned an impressive 62 out of 110 points. The branch had a flawless 18 out of 18 for optimizing energy performance. LEED, the world's most widely used and trusted green building rating system, guarantees cost savings, reduced energy consumption, lower water usage, efficient resource utilization, and improved indoor environmental quality compared to traditional buildings.