The Circulo de la Hispanidad Community Center was a very important project for the Hispanic community in Hempstead, Long Island. Circulo’s Board of Directors viewed this project as an opportunity to set an example and to educate the community about environmental responsibility—as such, it was designed as an energy-efficient, green building.
Totaling 28,000 square feet, the building features a daycare center, classrooms, computer center, library and dining facility. Additional activity areas include a multipurpose gymnasium and a dance studio. Administrative offices allow the staff of Circulo to offer social services to the public.
The building was designed for LEED certification and received a LEED Gold certification upon completion. Green features of the building include use of recycled, regional, and rapidly renewable materials; an Energy Star green roof; and daylighting throughout the facilities interior. Finishes included the use of VOC-free paints, Green Label carpets, formaldehyde-free wood products, and Green Building insulation. Design elements of the building also focused on energy efficiency and water conservation including dual flush water closets and water less urinals.