Southern Boone County Public Library

Convenient patron access was paramount in the library’s decision to remain in its central downtown location. Working with members of the community, the design team developed a series of duotone historical images lining the upper walls of the library, as modern-day friezes. Local craftsmen, in conjunction with the design team, created custom-designed tables and furniture from locally-sourced and recycled materials, making the project one of advocacy and involvement.  The interior focal point is a 14-by-24-foot woven wood enclosure that envelopes the quiet reading space.

Southern Connecticut State University, Buley Library

Located directly inside the library’s main entrance, the Learning Commons includes flexible study environments that accommodate both individual and collaborative learning style. Six study rooms surround the Commons with windows overlooking the quad and the student center. The interior’s open and lively design encourages gathering. An art gallery, career consulting offices, Autism Center, cyber café, rare book room/special collections, and 24-hour study space are other distinguishing programmatic elements in the Buley Library.

Rhode Island College, James P. Adams Library

The James P. Adams Library is the largest building on the Rhode Island College campus, the renovations to the library transform the space into a true academic hub for the 21st century student. The design philosophy was centered around the college motto: Reach. Inspire. Connect. A visual representation of this mantra is a ripple-like spiral pattern; symbolic of drawing students inward to engage in collaborative exploration. The space facilitates this with a variety of furniture types and layouts that accommodate different tasks. The grand gesture of the room is the floor-to-ceiling screen walls. Additionally, the screens add vertically, exaggerating the height of the library. Despite being on the basement level, the room has a vibrancy and life to it. Also located on the same floor is the Student Services Center. Bringing together multiple programmatic spaces that were previously spread across campus, the Center focuses on providing counseling, tutoring, and career help. Carpeting is used as a way-finding tool. Grey flooring serves as a palate cleanser, but transitions to gold as a way to lead students to the tutoring area. The gold opens up the room and is appropriately placed to celebrate the only area on the level that is bathed in natural sunlight.

Columbia Public Library

The library is a lively place with people bustling all around accessing activities and books that offer opportunities to enrich one’s life through education and exposure to the world of ideas and data. It illustrates, in built form, the excitement and diversity that comes from exploration. A colorful tale of interaction with varied shapes, materials, colors, textures, and light, a journey through the library is marked by sequences of surprise and discovery. A conical entrance tower, visible from downtown, beckons the pass- erby to come in and enjoy what the library holds inside.

Columbia Public Library

The library is a lively place with people bustling all around accessing activities and books that offer opportunities to enrich one’s life through education and exposure to the world of ideas and data. It illustrates, in built form, the excitement and diversity that comes from exploration. A colorful tale of interaction with varied shapes, materials, colors, textures, and light, a journey through the library is marked by sequences of surprise and discovery. A conical entrance tower, visible from downtown, beckons the pass- erby to come in and enjoy what the library holds inside.

The Columbia Public Library is a lively place with people bustling all around accessing activities and books that offer opportunities to enrich one’s life through education and exposure to the world of ideas and data. Expanding upon the existing structure, the new Columbia Public Library is defined by a series of geometrically distinct forms, each clad in a unique material, housing specific library functions. The conical entrance pavilion, the oblong utility spine, the cylindrical collections area, and the administration rectangle prove integral to the way visitors understand and navigate the library.The integration of public art by Albert Paley and Joseph Falsetti adds to the dramatic impression on both the passerby and the user.

Bear Public Library

Public activities at the Bear Public Library take place under the big tent: a 45 foot tall conical single-story, open area that is home to all library services. The renovation of the 1998 building reduces the apparent scale of the big tent and establishes a feeling of intimacy previously absent. As the most heavily used library in Delaware, the renovation maximizes the minimal project cost with durable finishes that liven the library. The re imagined Bear Public Library now accommodates the dynamic community - one of the most diverse in Delaware - with organized programmatic spaces.

Dover Public Library

The new Dover Public Library is a careful balance of respect for the past and a sign of the future of this vibrant city. Scaled to nearby historic structures, the building simultaneously provides contemporary elliptical and cubic glass components that are welcoming to visitors.  To promote community engagement, the design includes meeting and reading rooms with an array of seating choices and malleable furniture layouts. Each space is a reflection of the city’s culture, from the “Dover Den,” a casual inter-generational spot for movie-watching, to the “Living Room,” a quiet, adult area overlooking a roof garden and the Capitol beyond.

Stephens Central Library

At the geographic center of town an iconic department store stood vacant for twenty years until its transformation as the new Stephens Central Library.  In its adaptive reuse, the introverted building became extroverted, boasting new undulating glass facades at street level that connect participants and onlookers.  Custom interiors reflect the community’s diversity, spirit, and regional pride. Wall tiles are embossed with the library card cowboy logo; a local landmark, the Twin Mountains, is digitally imprinted on a glass partition; the lobby wall covering is patterned with the cowboy hat, buffalo soldier hat and sombrero to represent San Angelo’s demographics, while the wall covering in the children’s area depicts animals of the southwest.

City of Wylie Municipal Complex

The City of Wylie Municipal Complex combines all city offices, a municipal recreation center, and the public library. It represents the community’s unwavering commitment to a facility that vastly expands citizens’ access to services, information, programs, and its city government. The expanded programs and services are organized into three buildings connected by a continuous 770-foot long Texas-limestone wall.  Each building is punctuated by distinct shapes that create special rooms for the City Council chamber, the library teen center, a quiet reading room, and an extension of the indoor running track. The variety of shapes makes intimate areas for the community within the overall expansive facility.

United States Military Academy, Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center

The new Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center celebrates the charge to provide a building of quality and character that will be perceived as a progression of past success that also leads to future opportunities. Reinterpreting the campus’s Military Gothic architecture for the 21st century, cadets have wireless access throughout public reading rooms, classrooms, group study rooms, and teaching labs. In the tradition of formal interior spaces on campus, on the building’s topmost floor, the Alexander Haig Room is a space intended for receptions, special events, lectures, and multi-media presentations in addition to serving as group study and academic learning space. Sited on the edge of West Point’s historic training field, parade ground, and athletic space, known as “the Plain,” the building connects to the neighboring structures through its shape, form, and materials. Motifs from cadet uniforms, military medals, seals and inscriptions, provide decorative highlights throughout the library, firmly connecting this forward-looking building to the Academy’s rich traditions.

George A. Purefoy Municipal Center

Housing both a city hall and library space, richly patterned, custom fabrics and flooring used throughout the complex reflect Frisco’s history and traditions.  Dramatic vaulted spaces, multi-storied atrium, and light-filled, airy interiors appropriate for a municipal facility are awe-inspiring to visitors. Marked by a constant buzz of activity, the lively and dynamic interior spaces encourage residents to utilize the center as a place for gathering.

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Serving the youth of Charlotte, the Center, combining library and theater functions, is dedicated to creating an environment where visitors experience the written, spoken and electronic word in an integrated environment. Users respond to stories in multi-sensory ways, and interactive features encourage them to participate in creating their own stories. The nurturing of young people at every stage of their development to allow them to discover their individual potential and to challenge their intellect is at the heart of ImaginOn. The two major performance venues, a 550-seat proscenium theater and 250-seat studio theater stand at opposite ends, while the library is centrally located. A large, multi-story pubic space contains interactive exhibits and serves as a gathering area and reception venue. The Center is a story all its own, captivating the minds and imagination of young people and families.