Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The City of Normal is considering construction of a cutting-edge, highly sustainable and highly exploratory new library and is presently evaluating several "green-grass" site options. To assist the City of Normal StudioGC Architects who was providing pre-design services that included visioning, programming, site assessment and conceptual design teamed with Arch 572 Design led by Professor Kevin Hinders to explore potential site build-outs. This studio worked with StudioGC to provide outstanding exploratory investigations which responded to client needs and cultural context. This Library will be approximately 60,000 square feet and may be part of a larger civic endeavor to include other structure(s).

Topics of interest included:
 Building programming
 Identifying 21st century library trends
 Working with sustainable structural systems such as mass timber and cross-laminated timber construction
 Highly integrated day lighting design
 Incorporating natural ventilation strategies into a large floor plate, public building
 Sustainable site design
 Attending meetings with specialty library equipment vendors
 Participating in stakeholder workshops and informational meetings
 Participating in presentations to the Library Board, City Council and the public