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Porter library gets LEED Gold certified

Special Photo: Among those taking part in the LEED Gold certification ceremony at the Porter Memorial Library on Dec. 14, were (front row, from left) Kathy Morgan, chair, Newton Commission; Dr. Lois Upham, chair, Newton County Library System (NCLS) Board of Trustees; Lace Keaton, NCLS director; Stuart Stenger, architect, Craig Gaulden Davis; and Brenda Poku, branch manager. Second row (from left) are Dr. Steve Whatley, vice chair, NCLS Board of Trustees; Mellie Davis, secretary, NCLS Board of Trustees; John Middleton, Newton County Manager; Ezell Brown, Newton County Sheriff; George Clackum, vice president, Hogan Construction Group; and Lainer Sims, Newton County Commissioner. Top row (from left) are Tamara Richardson, library system board member; Hosanna Fletcher, executive administrative coordinator, Newton County Commission; Bob Halcums, assistant director for Public Services, NCLS; Scott McGee, project superintendent, Hogan Construction Group; Charlie Wilson, director of business development, Hogan Construction Group; and Lisa Tatum, senior project manager, Hogan Construction Group.

Special Photo: Among those taking part in the LEED Gold certification ceremony at the Porter Memorial Library on Dec. 14, were (front row, from left) Kathy Morgan, chair, Newton Commission; Dr. Lois Upham, chair, Newton County Library System (NCLS) Board of Trustees; Lace Keaton, NCLS director; Stuart Stenger, architect, Craig Gaulden Davis; and Brenda Poku, branch manager. Second row (from left) are Dr. Steve Whatley, vice chair, NCLS Board of Trustees; Mellie Davis, secretary, NCLS Board of Trustees; John Middleton, Newton County Manager; Ezell Brown, Newton County Sheriff; George Clackum, vice president, Hogan Construction Group; and Lainer Sims, Newton County Commissioner. Top row (from left) are Tamara Richardson, library system board member; Hosanna Fletcher, executive administrative coordinator, Newton County Commission; Bob Halcums, assistant director for Public Services, NCLS; Scott McGee, project superintendent, Hogan Construction Group; Charlie Wilson, director of business development, Hogan Construction Group; and Lisa Tatum, senior project manager, Hogan Construction Group.

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Public Library System's Porter Memorial Branch was awarded LEED Gold certification at a ceremony on Dec. 14

LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council's program for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance, sustainable buildings. Fewer than two dozen buildings in Georgia have achieved LEED Gold certification, and Porter Memorial becomes only the second library in the state to do so, joining the Gwinnett County Public Library's Hamilton Mill Branch.

"In many ways, Porter Memorial represents the past, present and future for Newton County," said Library Director Lace Keaton. "One of the county's goals for the Porter branch was to set an example for the environmentally conscious design of future buildings throughout the state. In addition to offering state-of-the-art library services, the building itself can actually be used as a teaching tool for sustainable design, renewability and the role architecture can play in preserving our environment."

The 19,200-square-foot library, which opened in January, features an abundance of natural lighting to reduce power usage, a raised floor to efficiently regulate temperatures and provide flexible infrastructure, a landscape of indigenous plants that eliminates the need for irrigation, and a rainwater-collection system that further reduces water usage.

The facility was designed by Craig Gaulden Davis of Greenville, S.C., and constructed by Hogan Construction Group of Norcross.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000, LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.