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Charleston Public Library

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HBM ArchitechtsHBM Architects has been dedicated to improving and creating libraries for over 40 years. We provide innovative library planning and design services using a collaborative process that speaks to our clients’ vision and the unique character of their community. Our work with libraries reflects attention to detail, sustainable solutions, and forward thinking concepts that embrace the evolution of how we communicate, how we learn, and how we create.

Mcmillan Pazdan SmithMcMillan Pazdan Smith is a studio-based, regional planning, architectural and interior design firm whose mission is to help clients create environments that embody their personalities, enrich their lives and enhance the quality of their community. Through our collaborative culture, creativity and innovative design solutions, McMillan Pazdan Smith enjoys a premier clientele and diverse portfolio of complex, sophisticated projects that have received local, regional and national recognition. Practicing since 1955, McMillan Pazdan Smith currently has offices throughout the Southeast in Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC; Asheville and Charlotte, NC; and Atlanta, GA.

MSRMSR has provided architecture and interior design services for more than 200 libraries across the country. Highlighted projects include Missoula Public Library’s new Central Library (currently in design), the reimagined Madison Public Library Central Library (a 2015 Library Journal New Landmark Library), and conversion of an abandoned Walmart store into McAllen Public Library’s new Main Library (winner of a national AIA Honor Award and an ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Best Overall Award). MSR library principals regularly speak at ALA, PLA, and IFLA conferences, as well as leading design challenges and serving as panelists at Library Journal Design Institute events. Our website is:

VMDOVMDO Architects is an award-winning architecture firm specializing in customized planning and design for Higher Education and K-12 clients. Our distinctive designs of library programs and facilities are based on an in-depth understanding of the complex needs and aspirations of today’s vibrant library communities. Our approach begins by focusing on the user experience and prioritizing design strategies that embrace innovations in learning and teaching. We pair careful attention to an institution’s academic goals with a commitment to crafting finely-tuned and dynamic architecture that is expressive of the spirit of a campus.

BCWHBCWH is a full service Architecture, Interior Design, Campus Planning, & Landscape Architecture firm specializing in a wide range of educationally-based project types. We create collaborative place-making experiences that enrich and inspire. We believe today’s libraries must be replete with an inclusive spectrum of compelling and sustainable user environments, configured to be uniquely attractive to the community and reflective of its unique pride and aspirations. By understanding the evolving role of the library, we deliver wonderfully enduring, relevant designs.

LiollioFor 60 years, Liollio Architecture has built a reputation for design excellence through community engagement and collaboration, providing thoughtful, respectful, creative design solutions. We believe a community-based design approach contributes to quality environments. We believe design matters. Most recently, Liollio partnered with Richland Library on four branch projects to implement the Learn, Create, Share model for the Library as Studio, as well as with Beaufort County Library on the St. Helena Branch (a 2015 Library Journal New Landmark Library).

Margaret Sullivan StudioMargaret Sullivan Studio is a full service design firm specifically designing libraries of the 21st century. A leader in the user-centered approach, the Studio utilizes customer-based service design principles, coupled with strategic goals of the institution to develop programs and interior design concepts, creating physical conditions for a community of library users to flourish. Margaret is with the client from the early stages to the execution, skillfully collaborating with the design team to ensure that the goals are realized.

TappeTappé Architects was founded more than 35 years ago with library planning and design central to our mission. We have been continuously infusing library buildings with compelling ideas, confirmed innovations and state-of-the-art service initiatives ever since. Our commitment to exemplar solutions to library planning challenges includes educational outreaches, programs at state, national and international library conferences, and teaching Library Planning and Design for 25 years through Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design’s Office of Executive Education.

3Branch Products3branch is an innovator and creator of valuable product designs that serve specific needs to library and learning institutions. The 3branch portfolio consists of products that effectively merchandise collections, flexible in application and activity based for hands-on learning. Products are designed using the highest quality materials to deliver long-lasting use in public settings. A wide range of custom capabilities and product features make 3branch products an ideal fit into any environment.

Demco InteriorsWe help to take your vision to reality by combining design services with comprehensive choices in library furniture and shelving. Services include design and layout, project management, and installation. Visit our website to see examples of our installations and for more information on our services and products.

Overton & AssociatesOur 30 years of library moving experience will be your assurance for a smooth, efficient and stress free move. We can design a move budget based on volunteers, local labor or offer our own labor to move your library. The author of Renovating: The Books Are in the Way discusses how moving has changed over the past 30 years and the growing importance for proper pre-move planning.

Tech LogicTech Logic focuses exclusively on serving libraries. As a caring industry pioneer, we serve all patrons and staff by offering the most innovative and reliable solutions for your library. Our truly American designed and manufactured products transform the tedium associated with: patron self service, security systems, education technology, mobile device management, etc. Tech Logic delivers streamlined, cost-effective and people centric patented products and processes enhancing the user experience for all members of your community.




Friday, October 21, 2016

9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Courtyard Charleston Historic District
125 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
866-744-4997 or 843-805-7900
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Past Design Institutes

Bozeman, MT 2016
Nashville, TN 2015
San Diego, CA 2015

Boston, MA 2014
Salt Lake City, UT 2014