Library Space Programmers: DesignGroup
Architects: Arthur Lubetz and Associates
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.
Estimated BudgetThrough a bond issue supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the construction budget for the renovations to the Squirrel Hill location total $4.7 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 Arthur Lubetz and associates
Arthur Lubetz has maintained an architectural practice in Pittsburgh for 35 years. This firm has received many commendations including an American Institute of Architects Design Award for Hartford City Hall and Library (Hartford Connecticut). The firm's portfolio also includes Kentuck Knob Visitor Center and CMU Robotics Institute.