Monday, November 12, 2012

First Charles County LEED Certified Building Appeals to All Ages with Innovative Lighting, Art Gallery and Public Spaces

The St. Charles Companies joins with Charles County officials and community leaders to welcome the new Waldorf West Library, scheduled to open with a dedication ceremony on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

According to a County issued news release, the Waldorf West Library is the first Charles County building to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, redefining the way visitors think about the places they live, work and learn. The 30,169 square-foot Waldorf West Library has the following exciting features: 

•    Lighting arrangement featuring the constellations built into the children's area
•    Radio frequency identification for library materials
•    Drive-through book drop
•    Natural lighting
•    Public art gallery
•    Historic buildings of Charles County on metal "canvas"
•    Six public meeting areas

“This library is a Charles County asset that brings beautiful architecture and citizen information technology into one location,” said Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly.

"The library represents another quality amenity for the residents of St. Charles," said Craig J. Renner, vice president for marketing and public relations at St. Charles. "With our second library, multiple schools with our existing neighborhoods,  and soon a new high school, we are partners with Charles County officials in making our county and our communities a destination of choice for people who share our commitment to education."

For more information on the Waldorf West Library, contact Ms. Crystal Hunt, Public Information Officer, at 301-645-0580 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258. 

Named by CNN’s Money Magazine as one of the top twenty small cities to live in America, St. Charles is known for its diverse and abundant neighborhoods, lively retail centers, recreational opportunities and excellent schools.  St. Charles is home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic League baseball team at Regency Furniture Stadium, and has several additional new construction projects underway within its boundaries, including the new St. Charles High School scheduled for opening in 2014 and the just-unveiled, state-of-the-art Waldorf West public library.  St. Charles appeals to all ages and lifestyles and was featured in 2011 in the Washington Post’s “Where We Live” section and named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top bargains for places to retire.  St. Charles invites you to like us on Facebook at St. Charles MD or visit us at 

The St. Charles Companies includes American Community Properties Trust, The Apartments of St. Charles, American Land Development and St. Charles Community, LLC. The St. Charles Companies’ lines of business include the residential and commercial development of St. Charles, a 9,100 acre planned community in Charles County, Maryland and the ownership of an operating apartment portfolio of approximately 2,500 units in St. Charles.