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Champagne Dreams on a Minimal Budget: Cost Conscious Library Space Designs …

Champagne Dreams on a Minimal Budget: Cost Conscious Library Space Designs
ALA Annual 2009 (Chicago)
July 11, 2009

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  • 1. Mount Prospect , Illinois NW Suburb of Chicago Population: 56,000
  • 2. Mount Prospect Public Library Architect: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. Contractor: The Meyne Company, a Division of Bulley and Andrews, LLC Owner Representative: Owner Services Group Space Plan: Library Planning Associates, Inc.
  • 3. Expense Category Budget Pct. Bond / Finance Costs $ 286,000 1.3% Professional Service Costs 3,878,000 18.1% Building & Site-Related Costs 13,375,000 64.0% Fixtures/Furnishings/Equipment (FF&E) 2,190,000 10.2% Contingency 1,361,000 6.3% TOTAL $ 21,450,000 100% Project cost
  • 4. Cost savings Non-monetary benefits 1976 building designed for Center of village future expansion Anchor for a revitalized Saved 30% construction downtown business area cost versus new Close proximity to other Eliminated costly site studies municipal buildings Eliminated need to Pedestrian friendly purchase land Easy walking and biking Found temporary location Shared parking with Village requiring minimal upgrade Hall Kept space plan current by updating every few years Staying at same location and re-inventing building re-
  • 5. Then Now 50,000 square feet 101,000 square feet Dark brown interior No dark interior brick brick Painted walls Dark almost black floor Mix of flooring tile types/colors Long dark entry Large windows and Narrow windows natural light Heavy oak paneling Interior is bright and Orange carpet reflects light Technology “unfriendly” Larger openings/doors Technology flexible 1976 and 2004
  • 6. 1976 and 2004 - Meeting Room
  • 7. 1976 and 2004 - Entry
  • 8. CONSTRAINTS: Could not afford the third floor schemes Could not afford to move the entry to face Village Hall DECISION: Maintain the same building “footprint” Keep essentially the same travel patterns and layout
  • 9. 1976 and 2004 Entry Design
  • 10. 1976 and 2004 Entry Design
  • 11. Light box
  • 12. Etched glass wall
  • 13. Upper lobby area
  • 14. Stairwell to second floor
  • 15. Windows Natural Light
  • 16. Ceilings Visual Interest
  • 17. Add picture Ceilings - •Added height on the second floor •Barrel lighting (alternate in construction bid) •Result – dramatic change and a very different feel than the first floor
  • 18. Teen Zone “Our” Space
  • 19. Teen Zone
  • 20. Faux stone Eucalyptus wood contrasted with makore (color similar to mahogany) Textured carpet on second floor Colorful carpet in Youth Services Terrazzo and cork flooring Lighting - brightly lit service desks Using color and texture
  • 21. Jewel Box – 1st floor Light Box – 2nd floor Strong rich colors Muted colors Green, blue, purple Texture based Fun Higher finishes Energy Calming Using color and texture
  • 22. Youth Department
  • 23. Brightly illuminated desk draws patrons to the service area. Carpet colors, light boxes and painted walls. Youth Services desk
  • 24. Family Place / Early Literacy
  • 25. Preschool area
  • 26. “The Portholes”
  • 27. Youth color boxes provide interest and fun to the room. Youth Color Box
  • 28. Monty the Duck
  • 29. Fondly called “the caterpillar”
  • 30. Perimeter study areas
  • 31. Adult Business Grade School
  • 32. Delayed purchasing art Delayed putting in a snack/drink area Installed infrastructure for fiber optic and WIFI but didn’t implement until a few years later Other cost savings
  • 33. Plan now, save later. You can re-invent an outdated building if the structure is sound for renovation and expansion Tight design of the work and public space. Use - mix of color, texture, materials In conclusion
  • 34. Marilyn Genther, Executive Director Cathy Deane, Deputy Director Public Service Tom Garvin, Head of Building Services Tim Loga, Head of Computer Services (847) 253-5675 Contacts at MPPL
  • 35. Thank you