Elkton Branch Library Interior
Location: Cecil County, Maryland
Client: Cecil County Public Library
JMT staff provided interior and exterior evaluations of a
JMT conducted an engineering and architectural assessment of the
Elkton Library, the County's main library branch, which was
constructed in 1987. The facility was assessed for energy
savings opportunities, LEED opportunities, necessary repairs, long
term maintenance needs and space configurations.
Library staff noted that the roof leaked and drainage problems
existed in the courtyard. JMT identified several contributing
causes and proposed solutions as well as cost estimates to
eliminate these issues.
During the study, JMT staff identified two key issues which were
documented in our building assessment report. First, we noted
a potential indoor air quality concern in the community room.
Design suggestions were provided to the library to reroute the
existing outdoor air intakes in order to provide proper fresh air
ventilation for the building occupants. We also discovered
several site drainage issues in the courtyard adjacent to the
community room, which were causing mold inside of the
library. JMTs engineering staff provided design solutions to
address the site issues and to prevent further mold contamination
to the library.
To enhance the efficiency of mechanical systems as well as to
maintain code compliance and maintenance requirements, JMT
recommended the replacement of two smaller constant volume Air
Handling Units (AHU) with one VAV AHU. By redesigning the
system in this manner, outdoor air could be provided to all spaces
and the unit could be outfitted with more energy efficient
JMT completed an energy evaluation of the building
envelope. The building was modeled using Trane TRACE to
evaluate various window replacement and envelope insulation
options. It was recommended to replace the windows in
combination with the AHU replacement to achieve an energy savings
of almost ten percent per year.
The JMT project manager presented the report to the Library
Board, addressing their concerns, questions and cost implications
to the various solutions contained in the report.
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