Jackson, WY- The Teton County Library submitted an application to the County Commissioner’s office today requesting placement on the August, 2010 Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) Ballot in the amount of $9 million for an 11,000 square foot addition to the main library building at 125 Virginian Lane in Jackson.
“We’re excited to have our addition project under consideration for the next SPET ballot,” said Library Director Deb Adams. “Our architects have done an outstanding job of integrating needs identified by the community into the plans and determining an initial cost estimate within a very tight timeline.”
The Library Board, staff and architecture team have been working on design plans for the proposed addition around the clock since the end of September 2009, when the Library Board selected Gilday and Humphries/Poli Architects as their design team. Since September, library leaders have offered seven public forums and presentations to gather public input and keep residents informed on the progress of the library facility addition. In addition, five public Library Board meetings have welcomed public comment on the project.
“The Library Board has been very responsible in its considerations of the needs of the community throughout this process,” said Adams. “I expect that process to continue to be inclusive of the public as the library moves through this project.”
The Library Board reiterated its support of the preliminary design for an addition and improvements to the library building on Thursday, January 14, during the Board’s monthly public meeting in the library Ordway Auditorium.
Gilday and Humphries/Poli Architects also presented the preliminary design to the public on Wednesday, January 13 in the library’s Reading Room. Library Board members chose the design concept at their December board meeting after considering three potential design options and nearly 1,000 public comments. The architecture team then narrowed their focus to the selected design and made further refinements and detailed drawings to present to the Board and public in the January meetings.
Highlights of the preliminary design include moving the entrance to Virginian Lane, which will allow for two entrances to the building. A south entrance would allow access to the building from the bus stop on Snow King Avenue. At the Virginian Lane entrance, the design calls for a vehicle drop-off zone and a covered walkway to guide people to the entrance from the parking lot.
The new entrance would be a commons area with wireless access that could be opened prior to the library’s opening to provide shelter for people, who today line up outside to wait for the library to open. The entrance would be designed to bring in natural light and stand higher than the other rooflines to act as a beacon to the community.
The design places the entrance between the new addition and the existing building. The interior layout works to separate tranquil spaces from active areas while putting “transaction” services for library users in the center of the building. The new wing would be designed to accommodate families, children and young adults. Moving those activities into the new wing would create more room and separation for quiet adult reading areas, the collection, a computer lab and center, study rooms and other library services. The changes also would make room for a quiet reading area with a gas fireplace within the existing building, a feature suggested during public comment.
The new wing and lobby would add 9,000 square feet while an smaller addition next to the Ordway Auditorium would add another 2,000 square feet. The second, smaller addition would create more flexible space for library programs, including a larger auditorium that could be divided into two meeting rooms. Many spaces throughout the building would have sliding partitions to make the library space flexible. For example, the Storytime room for children is potentially placed adjacent to a teen homework center, featuring a sliding wall in between that could be opened to combine the two rooms to accommodate larger crowds.
The architects designed the roof lines to be consistent with and respect the original design of the existing library building. The design also calls for improvements to the outdoor spaces and parking lot, including additional parking spaces. The new wing along Virginian Lane is intended act as a buffer to street traffic for the library’s outdoor spaces, which will include reading areas, and could include a children’s outdoor storytelling space or a teen garden. The design also calls for handicap parking next to the building to improve access for seniors and other patrons.
The current proposed design layout is available for public viewing near the library Front Desk. Comment forms are also available at the display and public input will be welcome throughout the facility design and building process.
To find out more, get background information, read frequently asked questions or sign up for regular email updates about the library’s main facility improvements and addition, visit the library online at http://www.TCLib.org/addition or call Director Deb Adams at 733-2164 ext. 128.
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