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  • Corresponding to the set goals of the project, there will be three well-defined phases for project completion. Phase I will include the visioning process, Phase II and Building Assessment. Phase I & Phase II will run pretty much concurrently. Phase III then brings together the results of the first two phases to explore the options for achieving the vision and the resulting costs
  • Term coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg – The Great Good Place (1990)- Social surroundings separate from home & work/school; concept of community building and community engagement
    - Comfortable and warm living spaces for ALL ages
    - Libraries as “Community Centers”
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    Seating, relaxing and refreshment functionality
    Attractive furnishings that are moveable, help define spaces, and can be easily adapted to suit changing needs of users over time.
    Areas for specific tasks
    Socializing area
    Quiet study area
    Attractive revenue generating retail spaces
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    Visible, accessible, collaborative, informative
    Simultaneously open and contained
    Streamlining formerly staff intensive functions
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    Customers are interested in extending the library to the outdoors for staging programming, living room seating, reading…..
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    Incorporating green applications into the planning, programming and design process from the beginning results in reasonable costs
    Aubrey: 30 seconds Libraries as community role models for LEED design and applications e.g. SAPL’s Semmes Library, Igo Library.
  • Laura
    Importance and value of downtown libraries as economic engines for increased sales tax revenues , catalyst for development, significant return on investment. of public dollars.
  • LJI – Opportunities to explore the relationship and possible opportunities for the Downtown Library in supporting and enhancing he City’s vision for:
    UT Arlington as a Tier 1 University with a major downtown campus
    A thriving Arts, culture and entertainment focus in downtown Arlington
    Focusing on workforce development
    Public transit as a means of reaching the downtown.
    Examples of successful downtown library projects and collaboration include:
    The MLK Library in San Jose facility is, to the best of my knowledge, the first joint use public and university library located in a downtown.
    we have the resources and interpersonal connections to learn about this joint venture, how it came about, how if functions to serve two audiences and how it was funded.
  • Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga CA
    The story of Victoria Gardens reflects to vision of the Downtown Arlington Master Plan.
    Rancho Cucamonga is a community of about 200,000 that was without a town center or downtown. Victoria Gardens, including the Cultural Center, is a city owned entity that created a mixed-use residential downtown on 600 acres combining retail shopping, restaurants, entertainment and adjacent residential living opportunities.
    It is a destination for all residents of RC.
    It is a very walkable and pedestrian friendly streetscape consisting of several city blocks that all reflect a town center and village commons feel.
    Unobtrusive parking structures flank either side of Victoria Gardens and bring parkers out to the wide sidewalks with attractive retail businesses and services along with an outdoor green plaza, fountains, event spaces and the cultural center comprised of the Public Library, the Lewis Family Playhouse and Centennial Hall events and meeting space.
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    Rockville Center MD is a project similar to Victoria Gardens located in suburban Washington DC.
    Rockville is the County Seat
  • Cultural Partnerships such as IMAGINON in Charlotte NC
  • Additional Educational Partnerships such as between Broward County Library and the Southeast Nova University.
  • Private Public Partnerships create a win-win for downtown developers, city downtown revitalization and public libraries.
  • Phase III will include preparing several different options that will allow us to meet the vision for Central Library services. These options will be presented to our citizens in public meetings or design charettes. Dependant on the feedback received, these options will be finalized and costs estimates will be produced. Development of funding strategies is an important part of this phase– while a bond election might seem to be the most “standard’ way of producing funding for a new library building, other options will also be explored and a strategy will be developed.
    Finally, a final report will be produced and presented to the Library Advisory Board and to City Council
  • Community Visioning Presentation

    1. 1. George W. Hawkes Central Library Visioning and Facility Assessment Study Arlington Public Library Arlington, Texas Consultants: Providence Associates Library Planners Perkins + Will Architects 1
    2. 2. June 2010: The stories of the demise of libraries have evidently not reached Arlington’s Central Library……. 2
    3. 3. Project goals • Form a vision of what Arlington citizens want and need from Central Library services • Assess physical condition and future viability of the Central Library building • Determine next steps and the costs for achieving the vision
    4. 4. Project Phases • Phase I: Visioning • Phase II: Building assessment • Phase III: Options and costs
    6. 6. The Library as a Third Place Amsterdam Public Library (Netherlands) 6
    7. 7. Comfortable Gathering Spaces 7
    8. 8. Function and Flexibility 8
    9. 9. The Browseable Library & Special Collections 9 Providence Associates - APL Hawkes Library 12-09
    10. 10. Technology Applications Techno Booths Computer Bar Sound Domes Automated Returns 10
    11. 11. Technology Applications Portable Service Kiosk Self-Check Stations Audio Listening Station Automated Materials Handling System (AMHS) 11
    12. 12. Multi-functional, Zoned Children’s Spaces Pre-school – 7th grade 12
    13. 13. Teen Space 8th – 12th grade 13
    14. 14. Meeting Rooms of all Sizes Public Performance Spaces 14
    15. 15. Connecting Inside with Outside 15
    16. 16. Green Facilities 16
    17. 17. Downtown Libraries as Revenue Generators, Development Catalysts, ROI Seattle’s New Central Library generated $16M in additional city tax revenues to the City in its 1st year. Chicago’s Harold Washington Library Center was the catalyst for redeveloping S. State St. “One Dollar In, More than Three Out! New Study Asserts the Economic Value of the San Francisco Public Library System “ Study Conducted by Berk and Associates 17
    18. 18. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library San Jose (CA) Joint-Use Library • Opened August 1, 2003 • 475,000 SF on 11 acres • Serves citizens of San Jose and students, staff, and faculty of San Jose State University • $177.5-million facility • Located on the university’s main campus • Eight floors plus a mezzanine and lower level • Capacity of 2 million volumes, 5 public elevators, escalators to the 4th and 3,600 seats “Not only a model of creative partnerships and resource sharing, it is a model for libraries of the future.” 18
    19. 19. Victoria Gardens Cultural Center (CA) Victoria Gardens Cultural Center • Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 2006 • 90,000 SF total area on a 3-acre site • Comprised of three major components: library, playhouse, and events center • 1100 total parking spaces for center and adjacent downtown retail Paul A. Biane Library • 90,000 volume collection • Four reading rooms • Library Friends Book & Gift Shop Lewis Family Playhouse • 536 seats and a 72-foot fly tower • 150 Performances in its first season Celebration Hall • 4,500 SF of event space • 1-acre courtyard • On-site catering facilities 19
    20. 20. Rockville Town Center (MD) Rockville Town Center • Project Site is 12.5 acres • 22,000 SF public plaza, public library, VisArts, restaurants, retail, 644 residential units, The Rockville Innovation Center, and a Rooftop Terrace • 973 public and 965 private parking spaces. Library • Opened in November 2006 • Two stories at 71,500 SF • Third story at 27,000 SF. • Four stories, including a smaller below- grade floor. VisArts and Innovation Center • VisArts houses International works, community galleries, children’s hands- on discovery, studios, event rooms, catering kitchen, and teaching labs. 20
    21. 21. 21 WHO ARE THE PARTNERS? •Charlotte Mecklenburg Library •Children’s Theatre of Charlotte WHAT IS IT? •New type of facility, and an original approach to education, learning and the arts. •Where young people learn in many ways, through all five senses and “from the page to the stage.” •The launching pad for remarkable journeys and endless possibilities. •A Public/Private Partnership •IMAGINON IS GREEN
    22. 22. Providence Associates - APL Hawkes Library 12-09 22 Joint Use Public/Community College Library (FL) Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University a joint-use facility between the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and Nova Southeastern University Features and Services •Free library card to anyone living, working, or going to school in Broward County. •Free programs and events for public: children, teens, and adults. •Access to computers and laptops available to the public. •Over 140 research databases available from home or office; over 250 available from on campus. 100,000 eBooks available from your home or office. •Children's reading area and story room. •Exhibit gallery
    23. 23. Vancouver Community Library (WA) Jenkins•Peer Architects Project Management / Design Development Project • Located on the edge of downtown Vancouver • Includes a new civil plaza, public library, 200 residential units, retail, restaurants, office space, and a boutique hotel. • Incorporate green spaces, public art, water features and northwest materials. Library • Opening in 2011 • Library Cost is $38 million (including $5 million from private donation) • 90,000 SF • Four stories, including a smaller below- grade floor. Parking • 900 total spaces of parking are provided in an underground parking garage. • 200 spaces designated for free library use. 23
    24. 24. 24 Proposed Main Library Block Development Uptown Charlotte NC EXISTING PROPOSED Library Library & Spirit Sq Cultural Ctr. Office Bldg Hotel and Condos Parking McGlohan Theatre McGlohan Theatre & Spirit Square
    25. 25. NEW MADISON CENTRAL LIBRARY (WI) •Public Private Partnership: City and Developer •Developer Builds 104,000 SF Library Shell as Part of Planned Mixed – Use Development of the Block •City of Madison Funds Finish-Out of Library Interior, FF&E •Future Developer Structures – Hotel and Ground-level Retail Shops Library 25
    26. 26. Progress on Phase I • Kickoff luncheon: December 2009 • Data gathering phase: Jan – March 2010 • Onsite public meetings and focus groups: March 2010 • Onsite focus groups and stakeholder interviews: May 2010 • Online/in-library survey: April – May 2010 26
    27. 27. Stakeholder input: Challenges • Lack of transportation to access the library • Current building described as inflexible, inefficient and uninviting – not a “destination” • Lack of adequate public restrooms • ADA issues of a pre-ADA era building • Dated collections, few special collections • Limited technology access • Parking can be difficult • Not truly in “the center” of Arlington
    28. 28. Stakeholder input: Opportunities • Focus on families, literacy, programming for all ages • Genealogy/Local history collections are important to many users • The Central Library is viewed as an important component of the downtown/local government t complex • Catalyst for developing “downtown Arlington” • Many collaborative ventures seem possible, especially with other education providers
    29. 29. Other Stakeholder Feedback • Should be a “destination” for Arlington residents • Opens up opportunities for collaboration and reduces over-duplication of service providers • Celebrate the diversity of Arlington through collections, programming and classes • An “experience” or adventure reflected in programs, new technologies & exhibits • Integrate outdoor spaces with indoor spaces • A center for literacy, learning and technology, providing a bridge between and among generations
    30. 30. BACK TO REALITY Phase II 30
    31. 31. Building Assessment Methodology • Visual observations by the consultant team • Review of previous studies • Review of available drawings (both original and renovation sets) • Building elements were graded (excellent, good, average, deficient or very deficient)
    32. 32. Critical findings • Roof • Elevator • Plumbing • ACMs (asbestos-containing materials)
    33. 33. Next Steps: Phase III • Prepare options for future renovation or construction • Test options with community through design charettes and/or public meetings • Finalize options and prepare cost estimates • Develop funding strategies • Prepare final report and presentations
    34. 34. THANK YOU QUESTIONS? 34