Lawrence Public Library, featuring SOLARBAN 70XL glass, earns 2016 AIA/ALA award

Former concrete structure remade into glass and terra cotta showcase of sustainability

A community eyesore for nearly 40 years, the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas was transformed by architects Gould Evans into a community showcase and an American Institute of Architects/American Library Association (AIA/ALA) 2016 Library Building Award winner.

Central to the building’s revitalization was a new façade combining a high-performing terra cotta rain screen and energy-efficient, transparent SOLARBAN® 70XL glass by PPG.

The materials, which envelop a 20,000 square-foot reading room wrapped around the library’s existing concrete façade, combine with open interior design and a more intuitive wayfinding system to reconnect the library to residents and the surrounding landscape.

With visible light transmittance of 64 percent in a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit, Solarban 70XL glass bathes the interior in sunlight, while the glass’s exceptional solar control performance makes it integral to the façade’s continuous insulation system. Despite being 50 percent larger, the refurbished structure consumes 50 percent less energy than before and was designed to achieve LEED® certification at the Silver level.

To learn more about how Solarban 70XL glass and other PPG glasses that meet requirements of the CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED™ products program support sustainable design, visit or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

Solarban and the PPG Logo are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

Cradle to Cradle Certified is a trademark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

LEED – an acronym for the phrase LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN® – is a registered trademark of the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL®.

600450 Lawrence Public Library, featuring SOLARBAN 70XL glass, earns 2016 AIA/ALA award
Date: 27 June 2016

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