Campus: San José State University -- April 26, 2004
King Library Receives "Savings By Design" Award For
Energy Savings From Pacific Gas And Electric Company
PG&E hands over check to the City of San Josť and San
Josť State University
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library has been awarded a $250,000 "Savings
by Design" program award by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E will present
the check to university and city officials during a brief ceremony at the King
Library on Thursday, April 29, at 3 p.m. in the atrium. The library's construction
was a joint project between San Josť State University, the City of San Josť and
the San Jose Redevelopment Agency.
PG&E's savings program encourages high-performance nonresidential building design
and construction. The company offers financial incentives for building owners and
their design teams to construct a highly energy-efficient building through a
process of collaborative design with PG&E.
"Resource efficiency, responsibility for the environment, human productivity,
quality of life -- are all essential benefits of well-designed buildings," said
Frank Regan, vice president of governmental relations for PG&E. "Only a few
design professionals achieve a rare combination of superlative design and
creativity, environmental sensitivity, and innovative energy efficiency solutions.
The King Library meets these standards."
According to PG&E, the library's final energy savings came in at 1,511,100 kWh
per year, well above California's Title 24 Energy Code requirements. These savings
were obtained through better glazing and new technology in lighting design and
control systems, which reduced the cooling and heating requirements of the
building by 44 and 31 percent respectively. The design team of Flack + Kurtz,
mechanical and electrical engineering consultants, and Carrier Johnson Architects
are credited with working together to achieve the most efficient building design
within the budget constraints.
San Josť Mayor Ron Gonzales will participate in the check ceremony along with
SJSU's Don Kassing, vice president of administration and finance, and PG&E's
Regan. After the ceremony, tours will be available to help the news media
understand the design intricacies which led to this award. The public is invited
to the check ceremony event.
The King Library, located at 150 East San Fernando Street, is the first library
in the nation to be co-managed by a city and major university.
Contacts: Nancy L. Stake, SJSU, at 408-924-1166; Lorraine Oback,
SJ Library, at