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Swans Island Library

The Swans Island Educational Society received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Housing along with private funding to replace the library after it burned down in 2008. The new library takes advantage of natural light let in by the clerestory and large bay windows. Energy efficiency and minimal consumption of resources were integral parts of the design consideration based on island living. Closed cell insulation spray foam added R-value and contributed significantly to the buildings blower door test ratings. The library boasts a unique reading room complete with a custom fire place and a coffered ceiling carefully detailed with an oak finish. A cedar screened porch with brick paver’s was added as an alternate and allows patron’s a place to enjoy the wireless connectivity and surrounding gardens.

Location: Swans Island, Maine
Year: 2010-2011
Design: Stewart Brecher, Architect
Square Foot: +/- 3,700
% Work Performed Own Forces: 75%