(MIAMI, June 5, 2015) – The Miami-Dade Internal Services Department (ISD) is pleased to announce that a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) was issued for the Northeast Aventura Branch Library. The former library was extensively damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Wilma and as part of the Library Capital Expansion Plan the library has been redeveloped as Miami-Dade County’s first sustainable public library.
Designed and managed by ISD’s Design and Construction Services Division, with a focus on green building principles, the library is expected to achieve a LEED status of Gold and includes eco-friendly construction and sustainable materials. The library will include a rainwater harvesting tank for irrigation, native landscaping, and 41 parking spaces, to include three dedicated to fuel-efficient vehicles. Also included is bicycle parking and a bus stop structure to encourage residents to give up their car and pedal or commute with transit.
The building is composed of vast open areas for adults, young adults and children, two courtyards, a covered open terrace, a unique hurricane sculpture provided by Miami-Dade Arts in Public Places and a retention pond featuring native aquatic plants. Intentionally designed separate access for a multipurpose room with 100-seat capacity, conference room and public restrooms to enable community organizations access to the building after regular hours of operation.
“We are proud to be able to bring this very important library to this great community,” stated Library Director Gia Arbogast.
The $15 million project was funded in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Library Taxing District and Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program.
About the Miami Dade Public Library System
The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami-Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 48 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.