Library Space Programmers: DesignGroup
Architects: Pfaffmann & Associates
General Contractor: Massaro Company, Inc.
Owners 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 Homewood location is $2,546,000. The final cost for all construction, including furniture, security, signage,a/v systems, hazardous material removal etc. will be $3.5M.
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.
Pfaffmann & Associates
Pfaffmann & Associates, known for the careful preservation of historic buildings, has overseen the restoration of Mellon Hall at Chatham College and the design of the Alcoa Business Services Center.