· Architects has extensive experience in library
analysis and planning. Our range of library planning projects extends
from new and renovated libraries for villages to city branches; from corporate
libraries to large major urban and university facilities. We believe
these libraries have similar needs: to find solutions that will be meaningful
in time, growing and offering flexibility as library functions change and
develop. Our libraries are fully capable of meeting the latest in
security, computer, and telecommunication system installations. We
also know the value of integrating the distinctive needs of the community
the library serves into the program so as to establish fresh and insightful
design criteria. Our main Chicago location allows us access to the
full resources of the nearby American Library Association headquarters.
We review program needs with qualified professional consultants, librarians,
automation consultants, and telecommunications experts in order to assure
a correct building plan.
PLAINES PUBLIC LIBRARY
The firm was commissioned to provide master planning for current, five-year and ten-year requirements. The program review and updating demonstrated that the current library of 40,000 square feet was undersized, and required 50,000 square feet simply to meet current needs in 1999; 56,000 for the year 2002; and 63,000 square feet by the year 2007. The existing building was investigated, relocation of the departments was proposed, and a block of space was identified for the required expansion. A new entrance and lobby were proposed to solve the problems of the present small and congested entrance.Rather than adding to the existing building the library and city chose to negotiate the building of a new library closer to the downtown with a private developer.
Wisconsin - Oshkosh
The Polk Library was built in 1961 and doubled in size to 106,000 square feet with a 1969 addition. Carow กค Architects Plus has studied current and future library needs and developed a program for an expansion to 205,500 square feet including all of the Information Technology Division whose facilties are presently scattered around the campus. Concept plans were developed for the most effective expansion and renovation of the building, including an alternative for reducing cost and square footage through the installation of a robotic book retrieval system.
Library, North Park College and Theological Seminary
County Public Library Central Library
Washington Central Library