Jummel Hidrosollo / Special to the Home News
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 | 4:01 p.m.
Hundreds of local residents attended the grand opening of the Centennial Hills Library on Saturday, and 3-year-old Lizzie Creed had only been inside for a few minutes before selecting her first book — “Disney Story Time.”
“We’re very excited,” said her mother, Lisa Creed of Centennial Hills. “Before this opened, we had to make the drive to the Rainbow Library. We only live a mile away from here, so we’ll be coming here a lot.”
Centennial Hills Library is located at 6711 N. Buffalo Drive near the intersection of the 215 Beltway and Centennial Parkway, adjacent to the Centennial Hills Community Center.
Construction of the $20 million project began in July 2007, said Thomas Schoeman, president of JMA Architecture.
At 32,431 square feet, Centennial Hills Library features 110,000 volumes, 42 public computers, a café and wireless Internet access. There is also a young adult library, art gallery and 1,200-square-foot multipurpose room.
The library also utilizes numerous sustainable features, Schoeman said.
“This is an environmentally responsible building,” he said. “Water consumption is 30 percent below the minimum energy guidelines and energy consumption is 40 percent below.”
The building extensively uses natural lighting to minimize the amount of electricity needed during daylight hours, with large windows and skylights throughout its hallways and main rooms.
Several local politicians were in attendance at the grand opening, including Mayor Oscar Goodman, County Commissioner Larry Brown of District C and City Councilman Steve Ross of Ward 6.
Goodman received a private tour of the new library before the festivities began.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking,” Goodman said. “It’s awesome. This building is going to be the foundation for so much activity and culture that will benefit everyone in our community.”
Brown said he was impressed by the commitment shown by the Clark County Library District’s Board of Trustees in seeing the project come to fruition.
“Their ability years ago to create a vision where they could set aside dollars during the good times, to be able to build this type of facility in the tough times, is amazing,” Brown said.
For more information about the Centennial Hills Library and its upcoming programs, visit www.lvccld.org.
Jeff O’Brien can be reached at 990-8957 or [email protected].