Northeast Library Renovation The Northeast Neighborhood Library is being renovated. The following slides arefloor plans and exterior renderings. There are two aspects where we are consideringmultiple options and would like your feedback.• Location of Children and Adult areas• Rear addition that accommodates the new staircase The architect presented Proposed Plan A at a meeting of the Friends of theNortheast Library on March 19. Based on community feedback at that meeting, thearchitect developed a second plan (Proposed Plan B). Plans that include the rear addition will be presented at the Friends meeting on April23 at 7:30 p.m., at the Northeast Library. Updated 4-20-2012
Historic ZonesIn assessing the Northeast Library from a historic restoration viewpoint,the architects identified three distinct preservation zones.• The Restoration Zone – The highest level of protection is applied to the primary public spaces that contain significant historic features. The goal for these areas is to preserve permanent features of the building such as trim, plasterwork and built-in woodwork as well as replacing elements such as lighting and flooring that are appropriate to the historic period.• The Rehabilitation Zone – Secondary public spaces or spaces that contain less historic integrity may be altered with the goal of preserving individual elements that convey the history of the building, while making these spaces more compatible with modern use.• The Renovation Zone – Spaces with few significant historic features, including back-of-house spaces, restrooms and mechanical areas, is allowed with minimal restrictions. Updated 4-20-2012
The entire lower level of the library is designated as a renovation zone, meaning the spacehas few significant historical features. The proposed lower level floor plan features a largemeeting room as well as a conference room and workspace for the Friends of the Library.Staff spaces include offices, work room and staff restrooms. Public restrooms are also onthis level, convenient to the large meeting room. The lower level floor plan is identical inPlan A and Plan B.
First FloorBoth proposed plans (next two slides) have the front entrance moving to thecurrent emergency exit, opening up the lobby area to create a single entryexperience for customers whether they enter through the front or the accessibleentrance on the rear of the building. The rear entrance is enhanced, adding avestibule and stairwell above the garage. By extending the length of the ramp,the angle can be reduced, making it easier for customers in wheelchairs orparents with strollers to gain access.New materials and Sight & Sound (DVDs, audio books) are located close to thecheck out area allowing customers to quickly grab these high-demand itemsand be on their way. Updated 4-20-2012
Proposed Plan A First Floor Rehabilitation Zone Renovation Zone New accessible entrance and stairwell Restoration Zone Restoration Zone Restoration ZoneFirst Floor Updated 4-20-2012
Proposed Plan B First Floor New accessible entrance and stairwell Rehabiilitation Zone Restoration Zone Renovation Zone Restoration Zone Restoration Zone Updated 4-20-2012
Proposed Plan A Second Floor Renovation Zone Renovation Zone Restoration Zone Rehabilitation Zone Rehabilitation Zone An elevator and a staircase lead to the adult reading room on the second level, and a separate teen space. A centrally located information desk has good views of both areas. Four glass-walled study rooms that accommodate up to two people line the room. Restrooms are adjacent to the info desk.Second Floor Updated 4-20-2012
Proposed Plan B Second Floor Renovation Zone Restoration Zone Renovation Zone Rehabilitation Zone Rehabilitation ZoneAn elevator and staircase lead to the children’s reading room, and a separate teenspace on the second level. A centrally located information desk has views into bothareas. Restrooms are adjacent to the info desk. There is a single-stall restroom forchildren only in the children’s area. Updated 4-20-2012
Pros & Cons of Proposed Plan AThe main difference between Plan A and Plan B is the location of the children’s area and the adultarea. In Plan A, the children’s area is on the first floor and the adult area is on the second floor alongwith a teen space. Plan B puts the children’s area on the second floor and the adult area on the first.Here are the pros and cons for each. Pros -- Plan A Cons -- Plan A Strollers do not need to go up the elevator. Some customers feel children will be safer on the 2nd Floor, away from the building entrance. Low ceiling height under mezzanine is better Some parents are not comfortable leaving their suited for young children. children unattended on the 1st floor while the parent visits the adult area upstairs. Teens are closer to adult materials, which they use, and creates separation between children and teens. Teens are closer to quiet study rooms. Area is one level closer to the large room, which is used for story times. Updated 4-20-2012
Pros and Cons Plan B Pros – Plan B Cons – Plan BSome customers feel children will be safer on the Strollers need to go up the elevator.2nd floor away from the building entrance.Some parents prefer to have children’s on 2nd Low ceiling under mezzanine is not suitable forfloor so their children can use the area adults except for the study rooms.unattended while the parent visits the adultcollection of the 1st floor. Reduces adult space by 10%. Puts teens in close proximity to children, which is not always ideal. Puts teens farther from study rooms and adult materials. Large room, which is used for story times, is two floors away from children’s area. Updated 4-20-2012
The proposed plan for the mezzanine level converts it into a conference room, which canaccommodate groups of up to 12 people as well as a staff area, which can be used for sorting,processing and storing materials. The mezzanine floor plan is identical in Plan A and Plan B. Rehabilitation Zone Renovation Zone Updated 4-20-2012
The attic houses much of the mechanical systems including duct work, air handlers and theelevator housing. The mechanical systems will be energy efficient to help meet the LEEDCertification requirement. The design team explored the possibility of capturing space in the atticfor library service, but determined that adding flooring, and extending the stairwell and elevatorto the attic would be cost prohibitive. The attic floor plan is identical in Plan A and Plan B. Updated 4-20-2012
Northeast Library Renovation Rear Addition OptionsThere are two options for the rear addition that accommodates the newstaircase. The size and pattern of the glass panels are different in the twooptions. We would like your feedback on which glass pattern you prefer.The following slides compare the two options from different angles on theoutside of the building. Option 1 shows small glass panels. Option 2 showslarge glass panels.• Rendering – Southwest View• Rendering – Northwest View• Elevation – South ViewAll mechanical equipment is housed on the roof.