Odds are that the Windmill Library, the newest branch of Las Vegas–Clark County Library District, NV, generated a great deal of excitement when it opened on May 7. Ensconced on a 15-acre site in the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley, the 28,879 square foot library houses a 130,000-item collection, a Young People’s Library, an art gallery, and a used bookstore and features Wi-Fi access for its adult and children’s computers. The $34 million project, funded through the issuance of $50 million in Medium Term bonds, includes an attached 88,257 square foot Service Center encompassing administrative offices, support services, and a central processing area. JMA Architecture Studios is the architect of record for the facility, which is on track for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The Windmill makes efficient use of natural daylight through its window placement along the east/west axis; drought-tolerant plantings and a rooftop solar photovoltaic system amp up the ecofriendly features.
A May 19 groundbreaking paved the way for the new Stapleton Branch of Denver Public Library. The 28,000 square foot library is expected to cost $11.4 million, funded through the Better Denver Bond Program. Designed by Oz Architecture and Group 3 planners, Stapleton will feature Wi-Fi access, RFID services, self-check stations, a collection that includes ebooks, and public computers. As part of the city’s Greenprint Initiatives to incorporate sustainable elements into public facilities, the building will be targeting LEED Silver certification and will incorporate the implementation of daylighting, a reflective roof system, a subfloor airflow system, and energy-efficient cooling, in hopes of an annual savings of $20,000.
New Haven Free Public Library, CT, on May 23 revealed the Main Library’s refurbished technology area, the first significant rehab to the building in 20 years. Initially part of a total lower-level renovation that involved state funding as well as city support, the project became more focused when the state funds were withdrawn. The 5350 square foot remodel cost $572,000 and includes a state-of-the-art computer classroom and training area, nine express computer terminals among 40 new computers, a teleconferencing and meeting space, and additional media capacity, as well as a temperature-controlled room for historical periodicals.
The two-story, 42,000 square foot Lady Lake Public Library, FL, opened on May 19. The $3.9 million facility houses a large adult computer space, a computer lab, literacy areas, and a majestic clock tower, along with meeting rooms and storage for the Town of Lady Lake. The new structure is attached to its predecessor, on that site since 1992. A rehab of the old library is under way, affecting an additional 9000 square feet that are expected to be transformed into a dedicated teen space, with its own computers. The total project cost will be $5.8 million. The architect of record is James P. Senatore.
The Anza Branch Library of San Francisco Public Library reopened on June 18 following a two-year renovation and expansion. The project involved a 922 square feet addition to the 7,332 square foot library, originally built in 1932. Among the improvements are seismic upgrades to the structure, a dedicated teen space, an elevator, new computers, new restrooms, and a landscaped courtyard, as well as restoration of some of the library’s classic features, for example, the stenciled ceilings, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Anza Branch renovation cost $7.7 million and is the 19th of 24 construction efforts funded through the $105.9 million Branch Library Improvement Project bond measure. Items not covered by the referenda, e.g., furnishings, fixtures, and equipment, were paid for through a $500,000 fundraising campaign spearheaded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The building was designed with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification or better in mind.
The Holyoke Public Library, MA, originally built in 1902, is facing a major renovation and expansion that will increase the size of the building from 25,000 square feet to nearly 40,000 square feet. The $14.5 million project, scheduled to begin in August, is being funded through loans, the library board’s endowment, a state grant, and fundraising, according to Masslive.com. Recognizing the importance of the library as “a catalyst for community development,” PeoplesBank of Holyoke president Douglas A. Bowen announced a $200,000 contribution to the effort. The design by Finegold Alexander and Associates of Boston includes a children’s programming space and a computer training area as well as historic restoration. The need for the renovation was spurred by exterior fissures and water damage.
Compiled by Bette-Lee Fox