Library In The Forest - Vestavia Hills New Library Is Open!

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Vestavia Hills New Library is Open!



I've been hearing a lot about this brand new library and a couple of days ago I was close enough to swing by to take a look for myself.  What a was even better than I expected!  (pictures below)


DID YOU KNOW?  Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest is the first LEED certified library in Alabama.  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  It's exciting to see a GREEN project in the Birmingham area, especially as beautiful as this one turned out.


One of the librarians was kind enough to show me around and tell me some things I did not know:


Over 80% of the trees that had to be cut down were used in the construction of the building.  Also, all trees beyond 40 feet of the building were left untouched.


Everything you see in the, floors, countertops, are made from recycled products.


Water collected on-site will be used to irrigate the grounds.


The building was built with solar efficiency in mind.  In the summer the trees protect the building from the sun and in winter the sun streaming through the windows helps with warming.  The light color of the roof reflects the sun's rays, and the heating and air systems are high efficiency to keep costs down.


Low energy lighting is used throughout the building, as well as programmable lights that do not stay on when a room is not being used.  Even the parking lot lighting was minimize light pollution they used lighting that shines downward instead of all directions.



$13 million.....this ended up being 8.37% BELOW BUDGET!



Come on and take a look inside...


This fabulous reading area has a cozy fireplace and woodsy view!


Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest


Pine trees from the site were used in this ceiling.


Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest


An area just for teens!  Isn't it great?


Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest


The Tree House


Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest


  A forest observation deck!


Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest



The Library in The Forest is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Round Hill Road and Highway 31 in Vestavia.



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Comments (9)

Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Ann, what a library!!!  How cool is it that it was built from re-cycled materials!!!!!!  It's beautiful!  Sure beats the old, dingy, musty smelling ones I've seen!

Jan 08, 2011 07:10 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Ann, thanks for posting...what a great library! Dito the comments above!

Jan 08, 2011 07:33 AM
Kelly Willey
Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS - Marathon, FL
Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony


Hope 2011 is treating you well!!

Fabulous library, looks like a retreat center~~~Kelly in the KEYS

Jan 08, 2011 11:24 PM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Great to see in a time when we hear so many closing......

Jan 09, 2011 01:16 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Gorgeous library!  I toured a relatively new library in Michigan just after Christmas.  What a treat for patrons!

Jan 09, 2011 05:31 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Ann, that's definitely one of the nicest libraries I've seen.  The view should be even nicer with the snow we just got...did you get the snow or just ice?

Jan 10, 2011 05:07 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Des Peres, MO


What a beautiful place!!

Thanks for sharing,

Ann Hayden in snowy Wildwood, MO

Jan 12, 2011 05:13 AM