Library Space Programmers: DesignGroup
Architects: Loysen + Kreuthmeier
General Contractor: Rycon Construction, Inc.
Owner's Representative: Craig Dunham
Following a two-year strategic planning process, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh announced plans to revitalize all of its neighborhood libraries. The renovation and redesign of the libraries will result in vibrant, state of the art facilities that will be fully accessible to all community members, more inviting and comfortable, better suited for library and community programs and capable of displaying both print and electronic materials.
Through a bond issue supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the construction budget for the renovations to the Brookline location is $2.9 million.
DesignGroup of Columbus, Ohio is helping CLP create a space program for each library. Using ideas and feedback gathered in community meetings and through staff surveys, DesignGroup creates a "bubble diagram" to reflect the multiple needs for library space as well as a detailed list of all the functional requirements of the spaces to be included in the renovated facility.
The space program accounts for all elements of space usage including material storage, access, collection sizes, both print and electronic anticipating future growth and circulation for library employees and customers. DesignGroup has provided similar services for other public library systems including the Columbus Metropolitan Library System's Main Branch and suburban libraries and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system.
About Karen Loysen + Kreuthmeier
Loysen + Kreuthmeier portfolio includes the AIA award winning MCN Salon in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Firm Principal Karen Loysen has also led design teams for the SMS Engineering Building on the North Shore , the restoration of Allegheny County Courthouse No. 3 and the complete renovation of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Brookline.
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