The new 18,000-square-foot Glen Oaks Library will replace the existing outdated structure. It will include reading rooms on every level, thirty new computer workstations and two community meeting spaces. To respect the low-rise character of the surrounding neighborhood, half of the interior space in the new library will be underground. An open, double-height metal and glass stairwell adjacent to the main entry will allow light to filter down to the underground level. Additional natural light will be provided to the lower level through three strip skylights in the above-ground plaza. The Art Commission of the City of New York honored this project with an Excellence in Design award in 2007, and the library is seeking a LEED Silver rating.