This project involved renovation of all eight branches of the Richmond Public Library System as well as improvements to the Main Library. The primary focus was upgrading the technology infrastructure and replacing the lighting and interior finishes. Each branch was evaluated during schematic design. Changes were made to the layouts to accommodate current library technology and electronic media, including increased computer access. Branches were redesigned to best accommodate patron service functions and staff workflow as well as increase space for community functions and connectivity.
Services included building evaluations, planning, schematic design; full construction documents, and construction administration. Handicapped accessibility was improved and certain mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded or replaced.
The branches have common features and finishes but maintain unique character within their community, reinforcing the neighborhood concept. Since completion library circulation has greatly increased, and in some cases doubled. The project was a joint venture with Quinn Evans Architects.
City of Richmond