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Appoquinimink Community Library
Middletown, DE

  • project New Castle County Appoquinimink Library
  • client New Castle County
  • landscape architect Tetra Tech, Perkins & Will and Katheryn Taylor Design
  • photographer James Brigagliano, Hyexposure Photography

Com­pleted in Novem­ber 2021 with a grand open­ing in 2022, the site for the new one-story Appo­quin­imink Library was com­pleted with a focus on green energy. At about 27,000 square feet, the new public library and dig­i­tal center will be more than twice the size of the past Appo­quin­imink Library that has been located nearby, in town, since 1901. The advan­tage of the new loca­tion site is that it offers mul­ti­ple means of trans­porta­tion and cir­cu­la­tion con­nect­ing the town, schools, parks, and res­i­dences. Some of the great new sus­tain­able fea­tures this build­ing has is Solar panels on the roof and on-site light­ing, high effi­ciency LED light­ing, car charg­ing sta­tions, NCC’s most sus­tain­able and green build­ing with a LEED-Silver cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and highly effi­cient HVAC system.

The Selux Avanza Solar exte­rior lumi­naire was selected for it’s excel­lent illu­mi­na­tion per­for­mance and sus­tain­able design. Selux Avanza Solar light­ing was designed to offer one of the most impres­sive and well-designed sys­tems avail­able. Selux Avanza cre­ates func­tional light­ing dis­tri­b­u­tions that exceed indus­try stan­dards, allow for max­i­mum pole spac­ing, and con­sume min­i­mal energy — reduc­ing carbon emis­sions. Highly effi­cient with low glare at crit­i­cal view­ing angles is achieved through direct and reflected light. Single and double heads were used through­out this project to light road­way and path­way.

The Selux Inula Column is also located around the exte­rior of the build­ing. These columns are sophis­ti­cated and envi­ron­men­tally friendly path­way and area lumi­naires with no up light. The pro­pri­etary optic pro­vides clean light­ing pat­terns with no stri­a­tions. A recessed LED light engine, convex cone shaped light cham­ber, and matte Black finish pro­vides a BUG up light rating of U0.

  • Selux Solar lighting products were designed to offer one of the most impressive and well-designed systems available. An advanced Energy Management System (EMS) is the heart of the system - it allows for custom operating profiles, Maximum Power-Point Tracking (MPT), Run Time Extension (RTE), and Wireless Programming. All major components including luminaire, PV modules, and batteries are constantly monitored to ensure reliable operation. No lift required for diagnosing problems, checking component status, or reprogramming - the provided wireless remote does all this from the ground and can even be used as an on/off switch for the luminaire. UL listed PV modules are available up to 320W and Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) batteries up to 352Ah maintain capacity better in cold climates. Four unique luminaires and optical systems produce precise distributions with maximum visual comfort. All parts of the system are neatly packaged to provide a clean look.
  • The Inula Bollard and Column are sophisticated and environmentally friendly pathway and area luminaires with no up light. The proprietary optic provides clean lighting patterns with no striations. A recessed LED light engine, convex cone shaped light chamber, and matte Black finish provides a BUG up light rating of U0.
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