Seguin Public Library

The design of the Seguin Public Library earned Bryne Construction an award.

One of the city’s newest buildings recently received recognition as the best in the state.

The Seguin Public Library — a Byrne Construction Services project — won the Best of Texas Award for Government and Public Buildings through the Engineering News-Record (ENR).

“We’ve entered this award several times, but Seguin is one of those projects that we’ve looked at and we knew immediately we were going to enter it into multiple awards,” Byrne Construction Services Director of Marketing Chad Anderson said. “The design is a striking design and we also had a really good group of contractors, but we knew this was going to be a winner from the very beginning.”

The library’s unique features are what drove Byrne Construction to enter it into the contest, he said.

“When you have a project that has really cool features it helps it stand out in these award submissions,” Anderson said. “One of the unique features for Seguin Public Library is the mill work in the furniture. Those were all pecan trees that stood in the footprint of the building itself … right now. We had to cut the trees down, but because the project is a sustainable project it’s very important to not just waste the materials … they wanted to tie the building itself back to the site where it stood.”

After the pecan trees were cut, a furniture maker milled all of them into slabs. While the building was being worked on, the pecan slabs were dried and turned into tables, benches and decorative wood accents near the elevator and checkout desk, he said.

“I think it was well earned for Byrne and also the architects,” Library Director Jacki Gross said. “We’re thrilled … we knew it was a beautiful building. It was a challenging building to construct, but looking at it now, it’s wonderful. I couldn’t be more pleased for Seguin and Byrne.”

ENR is one of the top publications in construction that produces the Top 400 Contractors list nationally, Anderson said.

This award selects the best project in Texas and Louisiana in categories such as a government, higher education and transportation.

All the winners from the categories, including the Seguin Public Library, will compete in ENR’s nation-wide Best of the Best Award competition later on in the year, he said.

“This type of award is the cherry on top of a successful project,” Anderson said. “We like to say that we build projects that are important to communities and when you win a prestigious award, it’s something the entire community can celebrate.”

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