Gwinnett County’s Hamilton Mill Branch named a New Landmark Library by the Library Journal

Hamilton Mill Branch courtesy of Michael Casey

Located in Dacula, the Hamilton Mill branch of Gwinnett County’s Public Library (GCPL) system was named a “New Landmark Library” by the Library Journal. The award is given to libraries that pioneer new designs and practices that will shape the future of libraries. The Library Journal seeks out public libraries that exhibit a better library and honors public libraries that have set new standards for public libraries everywhere. The Hamilton Mill branch was selected as a winner from a pool of national entries, both from large cities and small towns. Winners of this award are used as models for future library projects of all kinds. The goal is to find those libraries that exhibit the best that public libraries have to offer and replicate that in other libraries across the nation. It’s great to see such a serious commitment to excellence from the GCPL and speaks to the quality of GCPL’s services in Gwinnett.

Since its opening in May 2010, the Hamilton Mill branch is no stranger to awards. The library has received LEED Gold Certification, awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute. According to their website, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. The Hamilton Mill Branch achieved a high level of recognition with its Gold Certification. The library’s innovative design reduces the branch’s energy, water, and materials use.

Additionally, the library was honored for its Excellence in Sustainability by the GA chapter of US Green Building Council, and received the Building of America Gold Medal Feature. According to the Building of America Press Release, Building of America finds the most ground-breaking, exceptional, and challenging new developments that are notable and give back to their communities.  For this competition, 16 judges (library architects and directors) evaluated the national competitors. They gave awards based on overall library construction, design, innovation, sustainability, functionality, aesthetics, and integration with their community.

Finally, The Hamilton Mill branch was also recognized by the Georgia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Sustainability for their dedication to “holistic sustainability” and realizing the long term value of investing in a public project, despite hard economic times.

I’m excited to have such a great asset in the Hamilton Mill Branch in Gwinnett County. I remember going to the library as a child, and there’s nothing better than getting to check out your own books and exploring all they have to offer. Libraries are an important part of education outside the classroom and provide a place for young people to foster a love of reading. Gwinnett County’s commitment to bettering kids through education can be seen yet again in this library. Gwinnett County realizes the importance in investing in the future of our children and our community. To learn more about what else Gwinnett County has to offer and learn about living in Gwinnett, check out my website.



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