The Studio GC library team began the project with a Visioning exercise to determine the district’s needs and followed up with a master plan. These reports formed the foundation for a referendum approved during the contentious 2020 election. The visioning document our team produced formed a part of the Library’s referendum information campaign and played a valuable role in explaining the rationale behind the project to the public. Although the library is landlocked, our conceptual design proved that the library could meet the needs of the district at a modest cost with two small building additions and an interior remodeling project. Before our study, library trustees had anticipated that a new building might be required to improve library service. Our analysis returned with the welcome news that a new building would not be required. This saved the library district millions of dollars and dramatically reduced the size of the proposed referendum – no doubt contributing to the successful outcome.
The project consists of two additions; an expansion of the children's wing and a two-level addition to the east. The architectural design is an extension of the 2002 library addition design including a blend of brick veneer to match the existing and large curtain wall glazing to provide ample daylight and views. The side yard along the main street has been transformed into a brick paver "garden walk", with native plantings and groundcover, partially funded by donations from the community.