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Tempe Public Library

Tempe, Arizona

Challenged with a not-to-exceed total project budget of $8 million, the City of Tempe was at best expecting an interior face-lift of their aging, heavily used public library facility. Recognizing many programmatic, functional, furnishings and building system deficiencies, the design team creatively addressed all of these items resulting in a remodeled library with improved access to library services, improved work-flow, lighting levels, air conditioning control while pushing the interior face-lift well beyond expectations.

This dramatic 71,500 sf interior renovation creates a true destination with experiential children and teen environments and comfortably furnished, naturally lit adult reading areas. Public access to technology is enhanced through the development of the Computer Commons and access to state-of-the-art technology within all public meeting rooms and study areas. To increase the opportunity for person-to-person service throughout the library, service delivery to patrons features floor roaming librarians supported by a central service desk and small, remote staff outposts.

  • American Libraries' Library Design Showcase, 2011

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