August 30, 2014

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 08/31/12

Hennepin County Library, MN, will close down its Walker Library on September 22 to make way for a wholly new 31,000 square foot facility, to be opened in 2014. The new $12 million library (rendering pictured here) is designed by VJAA (Vincent James Associates Architects) and will feature generous use of glass to allow for natural light and visual links to the outside streets and mall. The two-story structure will house its collections, reading rooms, and technology services on the street level, with a lower-level parking garage. Bike parking will be among the amenities, which also include an early literacy space, a window seat in the children’s area for family activities, a reading lounge, a dedicated teen space, a study room, and a small meeting room.

The Laguna Niguel Library, CA, part of Orange County Public Libraries, opened August 19 after two years of construction. During the $5.9 million project, the 10,500 square foot facility gained 4000 square feet, which includes a new community room. Thirtieth Street Architects modified plans when the original construction company failed to meet the library’s requirements. Tutor Perini took over construction in December 2011 (see Hotline, 2/27/12). The new building will include a single service desk for reference and checkout, per the Orange County Register. It will also feature a spacious floor plan and modern ­architecture.

August 6 marked the beginning of a much-needed renovation of the 11,112 square foot Silver City Public Library, NM, originally built in 1959. The project will encompass new roofing and HVAC systems, upgrades to plumbing and electricals, and fresh interior finishes and replacements of carpeting, lighting, paint, and ceiling treatments. The enhancements will allow for future additions to technology services along with wireless Internet access. The $500,000 refurbishment is helmed by architect Mark Richard & Associates and funded through a 1999 bequest from the late Lennie Merle Forward, earmarked for capital ­improvement.

The new American Canyon Library branch of Napa County Library, CA, opened on August 14, going from a 3100 square foot storefront facility to a 5200 square foot library leased in a structure that was once both a bank and a city hall. The $1.6 million remodel includes a community room and a patio, plus Wi-Fi access and high-speed Internet service. There are now 18 computers and a drive-up book return. The original bank vault was converted to the staff workroom and an office.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 40th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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