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Bostwick Design Partnership

Contact: Jennifer Wahl
Phone: 216.621.7900



(Cleveland, Ohio August 2010) Bostwick Design Partnership announces the certification of
Ohio’s first freestanding LEED Certified library according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s
(USGBC) Certified Project List. Designed for Cleveland Public Library, the new Rice Branch
and has been certified as a LEED-Silver building under USGBC guidelines in the LEED for New
Construction rating system. The project is also the first LEED Certified facility for the Cleveland
Public Library system.

The 14,000 square-foot, one-story library is located on a prominent corner site adjacent to a new
elementary school in Cleveland’s east-side Buckeye Neighborhood. To provide a significant
presence and communicate the value of literacy, the length of the building on the east and west
elevations invites the community inside by using floor-to-ceiling windows that allows the activity
within the library to be displayed to the surrounding neighborhood.

The library is organized along a central spine of circulation defined by an open colonnade and
accented with daylight through the use of the clerestory windows along the top of the spine.
Surrounding it is a spacious hall containing most of the library’s programs in a flexible, open
plan. With people of all ages reading, gathering information, conversing with friends, and doing
homework, this space creates an atmosphere of engagement, animation, and community.
“Cleveland Public Library wanted to create a ‘living-room’ for the community,” explains Rich
Ortmeyer, the principal-in-charge of library design at Bostwick Design Partnership. “The use of
brick and wood creates a warm, inviting environment - and with all the windows, it’s easy for the
neighborhood to look in.”

Bostwick Design Partnership’s architectural development process promotes deep collaboration

with its clients. The team worked hand-in-hand with Cleveland Public Library to incorporate
several different sustainable design strategies in the design to achieve their goal of being a good
environmental steward.

“Cleveland Public Library has always prided itself on being a good environmental steward. In
recent years, we have implemented a number of programs designed to reduce the amount of waste
generated and energy consumed by our branches,” says Cleveland Public Library Director, Felton
Thomas. “But the construction of the new Rice Branch offered us the first real opportunity to
showcase the latest green building technologies and set the standard for our facilities going
forward. Because of Bostwick Design’s expertise in sustainable design, we are proud to have
earned the LEED Silver distinction.”

“It was important for the Rice Branch send a clear message about the Cleveland Public
Library’s commitment to sustainability, and we’re proud that achieving LEED Silver
certification allows them to show how their building contributes,” Ortmeyer adds.

Many different factors affect whether a building may be considered "green," including site
selection, energy and water usage, sourcing of regional and recycled materials, and the quality of
the indoor environment. A few examples from this project were daylighting and views from
within the library, automated lighting control to minimize the use of electricity, native
landscaping to reduce water consumption used from an irrigation system, easy access to public
transportation, and diverting 95% of construction waste from landfills. These are just a sample of
the many individual decisions that enabled the Silver certification, each of which must be
carefully documented and evaluated.
Ortmeyer reflects on the outcome of the project, “It’s been rewarding to see community
stakeholders help create this opportunity from the start, and now embrace the building as
their own. This personal connection to the library, the way the design represents CPL and
the community it serves, and the enduring support the Rice Branch will receive all
reinforce a vital and lasting relevance, a ‘cultural sustainability’ that can’t be measured
but contributes to a meaningful longevity that every building aspires to.”

In addition to the Rice Branch, Bostwick Design Partnership has designed over $300 million in
LEED certified projects, including the one of the largest certified projects in the State of Ohio.
Moreover, Bostwick Design’s experience in sustainable design has helped clients such as
Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Clinic adopt new environmental standards for green
building technologies in their systems – certifying the first LEED projects for each institution.

Bostwick Design Partnership creates environments that advance well-being and knowledge – and
libraries are among the firm’s specialties. Their design expertise in public, academic and medical
libraries is an outcome of the combined experience of its staff on over forty libraries. The firm is
based in Cleveland and provides design services for clients throughout the United States.

(Professional Photography of the building is available for publishing upon request)