San Diego Central Library chooses Optical LAN for LEED-certified building

The City of San Diego chose Tellabs’ innovative, high-speed Optical LAN (optical local area network) for its new  downtown Central Library. 

This beautiful 9-story building will serve as the anchor to a 35-branch library system. It will be the new regional downtown center for learning and literacy. The 295,000-square-foot facility will be more than twice the size of the current central library.  

The new library will boast 400 computer workstations, free Wi-Fi access and a café. It offers multiple community gathering spaces for various events, such as book readings, art displays and music performances. An additional 76,000 square feet will house a charter school.

The Central Library prides itself on achieving Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED means “Leadership in Energy and Environment Design." LEED requires the library to meet specific criteria, including:

  • Designs that lower operating costs while increasing asset value
  • Reductions in waste and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Water and energy conservation
  • Safer and healthier environments for occupants.

Helping customers meet their sustainability goals

Tellabs Optical LAN helped the library achieve LEED certification. Compared with traditional Ethernet systems, Tellabs Optical LAN can save up to 80% in power use and thermal load. The library will save even more energy by converging parallel networks and all services on a single fiber infrastructure. For example, the library can use Optical LAN to handle voice, video, data, wireless access and building security.

Optical LAN can also reduce the building’s air-conditioning and ventilation requirements, since the data center and telecommunication closet will produce less heat and use less electricity. In fact, the library can eliminate the telecommunication closet altogether.  

By using Tellabs Optical LAN and single-mode fiber cable infrastructure instead of copper Ethernet cables, the library saves space and material. Simply stated, single mode fiber cable infrastructure uses fewer cables and smaller cables. This results in Optical LAN lowering the amount of plastics, and thus the smoke load on the building, which makes the building safer in case of fire.

Optical LAN’s eco-friendly network provides an innovative solution that will benefit the people of San Diego for many years to come.

For more information, read this new white paper, "Why Fiber Optical LANs Are the Better Choice for High-Performance Green Buildings."