Client: City Delavan
Location: Delavan, WI
Construction Cost: 8 million
Square Footage: 12,000 sf remodel, 18,000 sf addition
Project Roll: Principal in Charge
The Aram Public Library is in a two story split level historic building and their collection is busting at the seams. The new addition will more than double the size of the library's usable space. There will also be room to partner with the historic society as they move into the second floor of the existing building.
The new addition will allow the library to provide services that were lacking or they simply didn't have, such as the maker space, children's discover zone, and a flexible after hours meeting space.
The new building was designed with clearstory windows to allow for natural daylight throughout the building. The young adults area is close to the ask desk for supervision, but semi-screened to reduce noise. Future plans include providing a separate room for the young adults to further reduce noise.
The maker space will provide a flexible space for activity based programming. The space is intended to be low-tech at the beginning with design accommodations to allow for more hi-tech features to be installed in the future.
The active children's area will include an interactive lite-brite wall, a discovery zone for creative play and a lot more space for early readers and picture books
The flexible meeting space can be used for children's programming or opened up into a large meeting space for the community.