While spring has been off to a slow start in Mesa County, progress on the new Mesa County Libraries Clifton Branch is moving along at a steady pace. Since April is Earth Month, we want to highlight some energy-saving, environmentally friendly features of the new branch.
With many large windows offering views of Mount Garfield and the Bookcliffs to the north, as well as Grand Mesa to the east, the building is designed to maximize natural daylight to reduce energy use for lighting. Adjustable blinds will help keep cooling costs down in the summer. A computerized control system for HVAC and lighting will help to optimize energy savings in both occupied and unoccupied spaces of the library. Insulation in the walls, much of which was installed during March, is rated above code to help reduce energy use. In addition to these energy-saving measures, low water use plumbing fixtures will be installed to conserve water, too.
In the years ahead, we plan to make this branch even more sustainable. When funds are available, we will install solar photovoltaic panels on the roof, which has been designed with solar in mind. Additionally, two parking spaces are planned for electric vehicle charging stations, one of which will be adjacent to an accessible parking space. The library has requested that Mesa County, on whose land the library is located, install drought resistant/low-water plants as landscaping.
The new Clifton Branch, located at 3270 D 1/2 Road next to Rocky Mountain Elementary School, will be three times the size of the current Clifton Branch, it will have more space for children and teens, and it will have meeting and study rooms. It is expected to open early this fall.
Find out more about the new Clifton Branch and how you can help support this project by visiting the project webpage or by calling library Development Director Ami Schiffbauer at 970-683-2438.