October 18, 2017

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 01/11/13

On November 13, 2012 the Stanaker Neighborhood Library, Houston, TX, part of the Houston Public Library, reopened following a major renovation. Founded in 1950 and opened anew in 1985, the 9,265 square foot branch now features red and orange aluminum exterior panels and a fresh entry canopy with new pavers and a purple ceiling that will lead patrons toward the remodeled entryway. Along with a refreshed landscape, including a butterfly garden and native plantings, the library now includes dedicated spaces for children, teens, and adults. There is also a meeting room, a gaming space, a larger computer area, and an adult living room. Striving for energy efficiency, the $3.2 million project, designed by English + Associates Architects Inc., features updated mechanical systems, a cool roof, additional insulation, and new lighting. Funding came from a Community Development Block Grant and Public Library Consolidated Construction Fund support.

Colorado’s Anythink Wright Farms branch, named one of Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries in 2011, will have added to its cachet with the January 13 construction of The Studio, a digital learning lab for teens, with a focus on “digital media and collaboration/creativity in digital production.” The space is funded through a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. & Catherine T. ­MacArthur Foundation. As one of only a dozen initial grant recipients, The Studio will be looked upon as a model for learning lab efforts. The three- to five-week reconfiguration will make use of existing space to house state-of-the-art video equipment, a green screen, and a recording studio.

From January 7–21, the Lawrence Public Library, KS, originally founded as a subscription library in 1854, will move to temporary quarters in expectation of its mammoth renovation and expansion project (see Hotline, August 20, 2012). The final piece of the construction puzzle was put in place late last year when city commissioners approved library director Brad Allen’s suggestion that the library take up temporary residence at a former Borders location during the project. The relocation will keep the larger effort on schedule and within its $19 million budget.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

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.