October 20, 2017

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 10/01/12

The Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, opened its newly renovated Southern Oaks Library on September 25. The 1975 branch grew by 3,471 square feet, to 20,164 square feet, during the 16-month, $2.4 million project. The refurbished library was designed by Architectural Design Group, with Anderson & House Inc. as general contractor.  The construction includes a new front vestibule and entry, larger restrooms, a rear driveway, 31 additional parking spaces, and bonus reading areas.  The library houses 42 public computers, with free Wi-Fi access; four self-check machines; a drive-up book return; and several spaces for quiet study. Support for the renovation came from general obligation bonds approved in 2000.

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has named the new J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library, San Francisco State University, the Project of the Year from DBIA’s Western-Pacific chapter, which covers California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. The scope of the award is to honor projects “that exemplify the principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation, and problem solving.” The 79,000 square foot addition and renovation project, completed in March 2012 after a four-year build, cost $47.8 million and was designed by HMC Architects. It also features the seismic retrofit of three individual buildings and the replacement of plumbing and mechanical systems. The DBIA gave special acknowledgement to the library’s “complexity and design excellence.”

Another link in the chain of District of Columbia Public Library branches to see renovation was added in September with the completion of the $11.2 million expansion and renovation of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library. The building itself is a 1925 Italian Renaissance–style brick and limestone edifice designed by Edward L. Tilton. A glass atrium connects the separate structures and offers a single common entrance, per TheInTower. The build, which began in April 2010, includes a larger children’s section, a new configuration, facsimiles of the library’s original furnishings, and room for 80,000 items; the collection now stands at 50,000.  The new facility was designed by Core Architects, with construction management from Smoot Construction.

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

Celebrating her 43rd 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.

Design Institute Heads to Washington!
On Friday, October 20, in partnership with Fort Vancouver Regional Library—at its award-winning Vancouver Community Library (WA)—the newest installment of Library Journal’s building and design event will provide ideas and inspiration for renovating, retrofitting, or re-building your library, no matter your budget!
Designing the Future: A Design Thinking Workshop
The challenges facing libraries are real, complex, and varied. As such, they require new points of view, tools, and strategies. This full-day workshop on October 17 at Hartford Public Library (CT) will tackle real-life problems during a series of collaborative exercises led by experienced design thinking facilitators from Chicago Public Library. Please call 646-380-0773 to inquire about our discounted team rates.