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Bud Clark Commons • Portland, Oregon (continued)
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Bud Clark Commons is located adjacent to a major transit hub that includes passenger rail lines (both light and heavy) as well as local and long-distance bus service. Portland's Union Station is visible from this outdoor space at the Commons.
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Sustainable design features of the Bud Clark Commons include a high-performance exterior envelope, solar thermal system for domestic hot water, energy-efficient lighting, green roofs, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, and graywater recycling. Annual savings from the use of energy-efficient technologies are estimated at $60,000.

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In addition to its 90-bed men's emergency shelter and 130 studio apartments, Bud Clark Commons also provides an extensive day program that supports residents and nonresidents with a variety of key resources, including physical and mental health services, showers and laundry facilities, a mail and messaging service, and access to telephones and computers.
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Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, Washington
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The new Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, Washington, was designed by the Miller Hull Partnership.
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Over the past decade, the downtown area in Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, has seen the introduction of new public space, restaurants, and shops. Now, with the completion of the Vancouver Community Library, the state's fourth-largest city has a major public building to serve as a community anchor.

Designed by the Seattle-based Miller Hull Partnership, the 83,000-square-foot (7,700-square-meter) library features a multistory steel-and-glass atrium on its south facade, introducing a bounty of daylight deep inside and providing a visual link to the building's five levels. Large overhangs, a metal-mesh shade, and the ceramic frit on the glass limit heat gain and glare in this LEED Gold-targeting building.

The portions of the facility that house collections storage, meeting areas, and computer stations are constructed in concrete with a terra-cotta rain screen to emphasize the civic nature of the project and relate it to neighboring historic masonry structures. The library also features a large interactive museum-like area for children.

"The role of the library is at a critical juncture, in large part due to the evolution of how we consume books and media," says Adin Dunning of Miller Hull. Central to the design of the Vancouver Community Library, he says, was "the idea of the library of the future — anticipating that we cannot and do not know what to expect."   >>>

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A reading room occupies the uppermost two stories at the northwest corner of the LEED Gold-certified Vancouver Community Library.
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The main entry to the Vancouver Community Library, set back from the street on the building's western side, brings visitors into a large south-facing atrium.
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Vancouver Community Library site plan and context drawings.
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The glazed, three-story atrium runs nearly the full length of the southern facade at the Vancouver Community Library, providing a common visual reference point as patrons explore the library.
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Vancouver Community Library floor plan drawings.
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