These are concept designs. Should the project move to referendum and be passed, a building committee will be appointed to work closely with an architect and construction manager-at-risk to develop final plans, which might look quite different from what you are about to see. This concept design is an exercise to prove that it is possible to accomplish our goals within the size and price parameters.
- The main level will welcome the community to the library and will offer immediate, easy, and accessible access the most popular services, including the meeting room, elevator and stairs, circulation desk, and the beloved friends bookstore.
- The layout is flexible and modular to accommodate our current needs and to be easily reconfigured as needs and trends evolve.
- The floor plan is designed to mostly work within our current staffing level and still provide readily available assistance to all. The central area – where folks will arrive in the library - has the service desk, new books and the AV collection. It also has direct access to the elevator and stairs to the 2nd level.
- The design addresses acoustical separation by dividing quiet spaces and louder activities into separate areas.
- In this diagram, teal indicates the collaborative wing. There are a variety of meeting spaces including several small areas for group work, tutoring, and meetings and scaled for various sized groups.
- There is also a dedicated Create Space where we can promote and hold maker programs and offer shared equipment such as the 3D printer, cricut, sewing machine, and more.
- In yellow we have marked areas of traditional library services and spaces for quieter, less active pursuits. This will include, in darker yellow on the end, a quiet study/reading room and a separate area tuned to the needs of the senior population.
- The program room in darker teal on the left indicates a new large meeting and program room that will also have after hours external access for meetings that end after library hours.
- This will be in addition to our smaller spaces, such as a conference room and the create space—meaning that multiple events can occur simultaneously without impacting daily use or operations.
- Teal identifies the large children’s space which includes a dedicated program room for storytimes and other programs. There are several activity spaces scattered throughout the areas for children and their families, including computers, group study, and play.
- The separate teen space on the left is colored yellow. This area also has group study spaces and hangout space. It will keep teens engaged and safe.
- The upper corner is a collection of administrative spaces.
The partial basement will not be a public space but will be used for mechanicals and storage. Rooftop mechanical equipment is also anticipated.
Concept renderings of this plan have been done to help in visualizing what this facility might look like. One of the design intents represented here is to compose the larger building as a cluster of smaller connected ones so that the scale of the library resonates better with the existing buildings along Main Street.