February 18, 2018

Branching Out, February 2016

The $2 million renovation of the Carnegie Library Learning Center on the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Georgia, Athens, is now complete. Funded through donations from the Tull Charitable Foundation and the Callaway Foundation, the work on the 1910 Beaux Arts building returned some of the original features to the facility and includes the look of that early 20th-century structure. Designed as an electronic library, the Carnegie encompasses two common spaces, two group study areas, six computers, scanning/printing services, and Wi-Fi accessibility.

Pennsylvania’s Cochranton Area Public Library opened on December 5. The 3,000 square foot, $750,000 structure, which replaces the 1969 facility, was totally paid for with contributions and completed via the work of local contractors, according to the Meadville Tribune. The new building houses a 9,000-item collection; an up-to-date tech center was donated by the Mercer County State Bank.

The renovation and expansion of the Miami Township Branch Library, Miamis­burg, OH, opened on November 14. A member of the Dayton Metro Library (DML), the branch nearly doubled in size through the $5.36 million project, from 9,845 square feet to 18,000 square feet, as part of the DML Libraries for a Smarter Future program funded through a 2012 $187 million bond measure. Among the amenities are a playhouse-themed children’s space, the dedicated teen and tween space TeenEDGE, an enclosed reading room, four group study rooms, audio recording equipment, and original art from local artist Stefan Chinov. The design team includes Levin Porter Associates of the Dayton Design Collaborative in partnership with Group 4 Architects, Research + Planning and construction management from Skanska/ATCS.

The new 39,915 square foot, two-story Libbie Mill Library, Henrico, VA, opened on October 29. The $30.6 million facility, a member of the Henrico County Public Library, was supported through a 2005 county referendum and replaces the 22,500 square foot Dumbarton Area Library. Designed by BCWH Architects of Richmond and Tappé Architects of Boston, the library features a digital media lab with 3-D printers; a dedicated teen zone; group collaboration spaces; a larger technology-equipped meeting room; a quiet reading room; study spaces; roughly 100 public access computers and devices for use within the building; a refreshed collection; a story time room; and an interactive video Heritage Wall depicting the history of Henrico County. Developer Gumenick Properties donated the three-acre site through an agreement with the county. The mixed-use development will have apartments, town homes, restaurants, and office space, per the Times-Dispatch.

Double ribbon cuttings for Prince William County, VA. The new Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library, measuring 21,734 square feet and costing $9.9 million, is the system’s first new large community library since 1994, when the Bull Run Regional Library made its debut. The $13.8 million Montclair Community Library, Dumphries, has 20,803 square feet of space. Both were paid for through debt financing approved in a 2006 referendum. The Lukmire Partnership designed both facilities, each of which will be home to historical buildings.

This article was published in Library Journal's February 1, 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.