Jackson, WY- Teton County Library with Gilday and Humphries/Poli Architects invite the community to a presentation of the latest design plans for the Main Library addition and improvements in a public information meeting Thursday, March 4 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room.
Library Director Deb Adams will ask the Teton County Library Board for approval of the current design and cost estimates at the monthly public Library Board meeting from 3 -5:30 p.m. in the Ordway Auditorium, just before the larger presentation on March 4.
During Thursday’s 5:30 p.m. presentation, the architecture team will share with the public their current, refined drawings, now in a stage called “design development.” In this stage, a solid concept is established expressing the character and image of the library addition. The architecture team will present floor plans, elevations and models, demonstrating different views of the exterior and interior of the building.
Additionally, the current design images will highlight the possible building materials for different areas of the addition, such as glass, stone and wood. Although future design phases will refine details such as the number and placement of chairs, tables and computers, the current floor plans feature examples of furniture and equipment to allow the viewer to have a clearer understanding of the proposed scale and layout.
The current library was built with a future addition in mind to meet future community needs. Today, the library sees an average weekday attendance of over 1,100, an increase of 122% over the past decade. Moreover, the library provides more than 150,000 annual computer and wireless user sessions, 414,000 yearly checkouts of books and materials, and programs, attended by 23,000 participants last year.
“We’re bursting at the seams today,” said library Director Deb Adams. “Community members are relying even more heavily on the free services, programs and access to technology that we provide. When I see parents filling the auditorium with their toddlers who are learning to read, and people lining up at computers every day to search for jobs, and so much more, I know the need for this project is more essential than ever.”
The architecture team created the design for an addition and improvements over the past five months after soliciting more than 1,000 public comments in seven public forms, five public Library Board meetings, in-library displays and one-on-one conversations with patrons. Public comments will be welcome throughout the project.
“This has been a positive, engaging public participation process of collecting ideas from the community over the last several months,” said Peggy Gilday of Gilday Architects. “We have incorporated the majority of these excellent thoughts and comments in the design and are excited to present the synthesis of these ideas. To everyone who has participated—we appreciate your input that is shaping the future of our library.”
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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