Orange Branch Library Tour

February 24, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Orange Branch Library- Delaware County District Library
7171 Gooding Boulevard
Delaware, OH 43015
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Now that school's back in session, it's time to check out one of the newest librairies in the Delaware County Library system- the Orange Branch Library.

The Orange Branch Library is located within a growing residential area and is designed as a community gathering place for all ages. Highlights include a large, glass-enclosed study room with a stone fireplace, a meeting room, an expansive children's area with a dedicated storytelling room, a teen space featuring a glass garage door, a self-service area for hold pick-up and checkout, drive-up and book drop serving windows, and outreach services including a bookmobile garage.

The library has received two design awards.  First, the Northeast Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented its Distinguished Building Award to Dewberry, commending the library's design details and use of wood and natural light.  The Association of Licensed Architects presented Dewberry, the library planner and designer, with its top annual award, the Don Erickson Presidential Award, along with a Silver Medal for design excellence.

Building materials include a Northern Ohio blue vein stone, which is used throughout the interior and exterior, and was hand-shaped by skilled masons on site. The library's distinctive, angular roof forms were inspired by the Midwestern region's agricultural structures; while the building's rich palette of stone, wood, metal, and glass complements the vernacular of the region's architecture and natural resources—such as nearby wood and metal buildings and the limestone bluffs along the Olentangy River.

The dramatic, double-sided fireplace serves as a focal point for the library, and was inspired by the stone walls of the nearby Liberty Presbyterian Church. Three projecting stone and glass bays enable patrons to relax and enjoy the views of the surrounding natural setting. The solid wood structural purlins, as well as a custom horizontal wood slat wall system, wood display cases, and furniture, are all produced from Douglas Fir harvested in an FSC-certified forest in northern Washington state.

The abundance of glass allows for extensive daylight harvesting, one of many "green" features that are designed to meet LEED® Certification standards. Other sustainable elements include a cantilevered rain scupper and chain system that facilitates collection of stormwater runoff into bio-retention basins, and an Active Chilled Beam/Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) parallel heating/cooling system.

LEED Design Features

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") is a priority for the Delaware County District Library. The Orange Branch is designed to a Silver level. Some of the specific design principles used in the project include:

  • Stormwater bio-retention basins filter runoff water from both the building and the parking lots.
  • Chilled beam HVAC is a low energy, low noise, and low maintenance system. It is the first of its kind to be used in the central Ohio area.
  • Windows are oriented to maximize natural light while minimizing solar heat gain. Ceramic frit is used to provide solar protection on the glass where solar heat gain was uncontrolled.
  • Solid wood timber construction is FSC certified. The typical purlin is 5 ¼” x 18” and up to 40’ in length. It is harvested in Oregon, manufactured and then shipped to the job site all from sustainably harvested forests. All told there are about 200 purlins of varying length.
  • Local Ohio Blue Vein Limestone is used to minimize transportation to and from the jobsite as well as to minimize waste.
  • Bicycle Racks provide secure bicycle parking near the entrance to reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.
  • There are (4) groups of 20’ height rain chains on both the east and west ends of the building. The gutters on the north side of the building are designed with scuppers that pour the water into the bio-retention basins. Together these systems celebrate water management.


In addition to well thought out site issues, the building harvests daylight, provides proper orientation for solar gain, uses sustainable materials, and is a testament to the principles of LEED. The HVAC system uses state of the art “chilled beams” to heat and cool the building. It is comprised of a set of fixture cooling and heating coils that uses active and passive technology. This is one of the most highly efficient HVAC systems available.


Parking: Park anywhere in the parking lot and enter the buidling via the main entrance.

Meeting location: Attendees will meet in Community Room at 4pm and will leave from there.



$0.00 Member Ticket

$20.00 Non-Member (Guest) Ticket