Patrick Heath Public Library was developed by LPA Inc, in Boerne, Texas. This LEED Gold-Certified public library is a civic centerpiece that connects to the surrounding nature.
Nestled along a creek in Boerne, the 30,000-square-foot building comes with a rainwater harvesting system with large cisterns to preserve water on site. The system also works as a teaching tool for the community. The central themes of this project were actually water conservation and energy efficiency. Hence, the design team came with metal overhangs to offer shade and lessen temperature gains on the tall windows.
Patrick Heath Public Library is the community’s only library that makes the most of the park-like setting on the creek, making a strong connection to nature. The design team also made sure to reflect native materials through the usage of metal, limestone, and glass for the exterior. For pivot walls, they utilized reclaimed regional Longleaf Pine while tall windows were used on the east side of the building, showcasing the view of the creek and the wooded Hill Country.
When it comes to the interior, it was designed to offer cozy reading areas and spaces that support lifelong learning. To connect the indoor and outdoor areas, the design team integrated an elevated screen porch and terraces. Quiet crannies and nooks can be easily found around the space.
Patrick Heath Public Library features the children’s library, internet café, teen hub, and adult reading areas. The two-story facility makes sure to accommodate the interests of the community.