Museums, Libraries and Cultural Centers

Seguin Public Library, Seguin, Texas

Photo courtesy of Seguin Gazette

Curtainwall and storefront systems connect the outdoors to the in interior of Seguin Public Library in Seguin, Texas. Cantilevered decks overlook Walnut Creek and a walking and biking trail. One room extends into the branches of a pecan tree; visitors feel as though they are sitting in a transparent tree house.

The library is a collaborative design by 720 Design Inc. and PGAL Inc., which served as architect of record. At 43,000 square feet, the new building is three times the size of the library’s previous building.

Bulverde Glass Inc. installed 16,300 square feet of Tubelite Inc.’s 400 Series Curtainwall and T14000 I/O storefront, four Wide Stile doors and frames. Linetec Inc. finished the aluminum framing members in a Dark Brown anodize. Vitro Architectural Glass fabricated its Solarban 70XL low-E glass for the curtainwall and storefronts.

Sage Architectural Products LLC was the sales representative for Tubelite. Todd Joubert, of Sage Architectural Products, says, “Tubelite was selected for its service and value.”

Additionally, Bulverde Glass installed Industrial Louvers Inc.’s Champagne-colored, aluminum sunshades. The project utilized local limestone and brick, exposed wood roof decking on the exterior and metal accent panels. AAA Roofing installed Berridge Manufacturing Co.’s metal wall panels.

Tyler Messer, of Bulverde Glass, says, “It came together pretty well and went up fairly easy. We hit the target dates. We’re happy and everybody else seems happy with it, too.”

The LEED Gold-certified project won three awards: TEXO Distinguished Building Award–$10 to $30 Million, Best of Texas from Engineering News Record, and Project of the Year Between $10-$25 Million from American Subcontractors Association, San Antonio Chapter. Construction started in 2014 and the project was completed in September 2016.

Jacki Gross, library director at Seguin Public Library, says, “It’s no surprise to us that our gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Seguin Public Library is receiving these kinds of accolades. It is without a doubt a masterpiece of architecture and construction.”