By Penny Neef of AltDaily
Congratulations Norfolk! Come on down. You just won a coveted spot on the list of the 2015 Recipients of the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association’s Library Building Awards.
This is a huge deal in the library world and the city of Norfolk should be proud. The jury for this award is made up of people from prestigious architecture firms and award-winning libraries from across the country.
Libraries are struggling to stay relevant, to change from a place where ladies with buns are shushing you to a place where the community gathers – for coffee, for interactive play, for group projects and meetings, for gaming, for creating, for learning together, and for finding a peaceful and beautiful spot to read and reflect.
The Slover is a beautiful blend of the new and the old: the restored Seaboard Building, which houses the Sargeant Memorial Collection, and the soaring new addition. Both buildings have cutting edge technology and beautiful spaces.
The Slover is hoping to achieve LEED Gold certification. According to the AIA and the ALA, the Slover is the “City of Norfolk’s first building to utilize access floor for mechanical and technology distribution. For maximum state the art flexibility, energy efficiency, and patron comfort the library design employs a unique raised access floor system made of concrete and steel composite panels containing more than 50% recycled content.”