Norfolk State University Library
Old Library Demolition and New Library Construction, Norfolk, VA
As part of the design team for a new library at Norfolk State University, PEER provided civil and environmental design services. The services included: conducting an environmental impact review (EIR) and preparation of plans and specifications for relocating and installing new utilities, erosion and sediment control, storm water management, paving and grading for the proposed library. The purpose of the EIR was to identify and evaluate the environmental effects of proposed new library and to guide design decisions in order to protect important environmental resources. It also helps the various state agencies assess the effects of the project and to identify alternative actions and mitigating measures to avoid or reduce adverse impacts.
PEER also conducted an inspection for hazardous building materials (ACMs, LBPs, PCBs, and mercury-containing equipment) and prepared hazardous materials abatement plans for the demolition of the existing library. The design was prepared in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia Construction and Professional Services Manual. In addition, the new library was designed for LEED certification in accordance with standards implemented in December 2008, which require new construction, renovation, and maintenance of buildings, to be performed in accordance with minimum standards for energy conservation and environmental performance.