Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library Wins Top Awards from the U.S. Green Building Council
- Facility is only museum in Florida to obtain LEED Gold Certification -

Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library. Photo by Robin Hill.

Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library. Photo by Robin Hill.

DATE: September 21, 2012
Catherine McElrath

The Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library, an innovative and energy-efficient children's arts education complex and public library, was recognized with two prestigious awards at this year's U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter’s Gala Verde: The 2012 LEEDership and Green Awards program, held on September 15.

The building won both the “Outstanding LEED for New Construction - Public” and the “Outstanding LEED for New Construction - Overall” categories for 2012. This year’s program was the USGBC South Florida Chapter's fourth annual GalaVerde celebration, which recognized and honored outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals and instrumental Chapter members who are creating a more sustainable environment in our South Florida community.

The awards acknowledge Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library's dedication to providing a "green" building that utilizes a wide range of sustainable features which save energy while providing a welcoming place for children and families. The Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library is one of only three children’s museums in the United States and the first and only museum in Florida (children’s or otherwise) to obtain LEED Gold Certification.

“This important award for the design, energy efficiency and effectiveness of the new Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library facility also reflects our unique and creative partnership in programs and activities for the benefit of our children and youth," says Broward County Libraries Division Director Robert Cannon. "Working together in this wonderful new award-winning building sets the standard and provides the atmosphere where children can and will create, innovate and grow.”

Receipt of the 2012 Gala Verde awards recognizes the many eco-friendly features of the Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library, including:

  • Reflective, energy-saving  white roof
  • Preferred parking spaces for low-emission and high-occupancy vehicles
  • Bicycle racks and showers available for employees who bike to work
  • Solar panels for hot water
  • Energy-efficient building orientation with solid concrete facades and small punctured windows on the east and west, and long facades with glazing on the north and south to reduce heat gain and maximize natural light
  • Use of day lighting/day lighting control systems to maximize energy savings
  • Landscaping that includes 35 different species of trees, of which 17 are native to Florida and 21 are drought tolerant
  • Extensive use of regional, recycled, low-emitting and sustainable building materials
  • Exposed building systems, including structural girders and air conditioning ductwork that reduce the amount of materials required for the project
  • A 5,900-gallon cistern to collect rainwater for all the toilets and urinals in the building
  • Energy-efficient air-cooled water system that maximizes energy efficiency
  • Provisions for future electric vehicle charging stations
  • Green cleaning program to reduce harmful chemicals and indoor pollutants 
  • Environmentally sensitive integrated pest management plan
Additionally, the Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library will support an expansive educational program which will include a “Sustainability Kiosk” featuring a self-guided tour of the building’s interior and exterior sustainable elements.

The Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library opened on May 5, 2012 and is located at 751 S.W. 121 Ave. in Davie. The sleek, modern 55,000 square-foot building houses both a free, public Broward County Library and the Young At Art Museum. This unique partnership provides children and families with a spectacular, family-friendly facility that provides enrichment, education and entertainment – all in one location. While there is an admission charge to the Young At Art Museum, there is no charge to enter the Broward County Library.

The 10,000 square-foot Broward County Library at the Young At Art Museum boasts a collection of approximately 30,000 items for customers of all ages including books, CDs, DVDs and more. Free public library services include borrowing library materials, 23 public-use computers and free Wi-Fi throughout. A meeting room, group study room, storytelling room and tutoring rooms are available, and Young At Art and the Broward County Library will jointly participate in numerous countywide programs throughout the year that include children's story times, art enrichment and more.

Young At Art Museum features four permanent galleries: GreenScapes, CultureScapes, WonderScapes and ArtScapes, each providing guests with a thematic artistic journey. Additionally, the Museum features the YAA Institute, Artist-in-Residence studios/installations, a national traveling exhibition gallery, a teen center and recording studio, gift shop, café and a preschool classroom that can accommodate 22 children.

This year’s program was the USGBC South Florida Chapter's fourth annual Gala Verde celebration. More than 350 attendees were present at the awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. Past winners in the Gala Verde awards program include Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs who was recognized as the Outstanding Green Elected Official in 2011. 

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. In addition to our comprehensive website,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.

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