Planning Recap to Date
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Brookline library is among the first of our neighborhood locations to be completely renovated. Improvements being considered include doubling the size of the library space by adding a lower level, the addition of an elevator, natural light and windows in the rear of the building, and interior upgrades.
This community-driven planning process includes a series of public meetings to engage Brookline residents and library users in creating an accessible, state-of-the-art library.
January 22, 2002 - Community meeting with DesignGroup, professional library programmers. The community and library users were asked what they liked about the library and what they would make better about the library.
January 2002 - April 2002 - DesignGroup meets with manager of CLP-Brookline and staff of CLP- Brookline to discuss book collections and customer needs. These meetings assist in the development of a library program. Other CLP staff are involved in the development of an outstanding library program that will meet the needs of the library users.
April 9, 2002 - Community meeting with DesignGroup to discuss the bubble diagram, a conceptual design of how the book collections and different areas "fit" into the building. Attendees discussed the children's area, the addition of a "teen area" and areas for special collections and meeting space.
July 15, 2002 - Architects, Loysen + Kreuthmeier lead a discussion with the community regarding possible designs including opening up the lower level and adding natural light through the use of a "light wall."
July 2002 - Present - Architects, Loysen + Kreuthmeier meet semi-weekly with CLP-Brookline branch manager and other CLP staff to discuss incorporating community input into the library design and to discuss ongoing changes and ideas.
November 26, 2002 - Karen Loysen + Kreuthmeier presented draft designs to library users and community members. Suggested input to the building included something "dramatic" for the front of the building, excitement about the light wall and changes to the inside (including the lower level for "kids and youth").
February 26, 2003 (a little more than 1 year later) after extensive public input and discussion about the library program and interior/exterior designs, Karen Loysen + Kreuthmeier are excited to present final designs and review the project schedule and project logistics with the residents and library users.
August 23, 2003 - Successful community hard hat tour brought out over 50 library users to visit the "under construction" Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!
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