October 25, 2014

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 12/14/12

Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, recently completed its renovation and expansion of the Andrew G. Truxal Library, an original 1968 campus structure. The 45,000 square foot building gained an additional 32,000 square feet in the $17.2 million project designed by architecture, engineering, and interior design firm EwingCole. The library now opens with a two-story, south-facing glass façade. The project incorporated new computer workstations, for a total of 224; a 134-seat tech center; 20 study rooms; reconfigured quiet areas; a larger reference space; two new computer labs; seating for 800; and a 900 square foot student study area that houses a fireplace and vending machines. The building has targeted Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

The nearly 100-year-old, 16,765 square foot Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library is inching closer to the end of its three-year renovation. The major concerns of the $12.3 million project are related to accessibility. The 1914 structure will gain an entrance ramp and a glass-enclosed elevator and spiral staircase, along with lounge-style seating, through the Dattner Architects–designed overhaul, according to the Daily News. Architect Andrew Berman redesigned the children’s area, and the library will gain new desktop computers and laptops for check out. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2013.

A new plan is in place at the Upper Dublin Public Library, Fort Washington, PA, in order to reach the library’s $250,000 renovation goal. Roughly $100,000 intended for interior upgrades will not be covered by the Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners; that amount includes a $20,000 challenge grant. The renovation will feature a larger teen space, a reading room, a reconfigured children’s area, additional staff workspace, and an increased community room, as well as new furnishings and a self-checkout station.

The Ames Public Library, IA, closed on December 10 in expectation of the beginning of its massive renovation and expansion.  The 48,000 square foot library will grow to 77,455 square feet as part of the $14.1 million project that will likely take from 18 to 20 months to complete. The goal of the construction is to offer more shelf space, “advanced children’s services, improved safety and security…and better accessibility to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards,” according to Iowa State Daily. During the rebuilding effort, the library will be relocated to a former bookstore space in the Lincoln Center shopping area.

 

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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