The Better Denver Bond Program is funding the land acquisition, design and construction of a new branch library in the Stapleton neighborhood with a budget of approximately $11 million. Upon completion of the site procurement process in late fall 2010, construction for the project is anticipated to begin by the end of 2010, with completion scheduled by the end of 2011. The planned location for the library is at the intersection of 29th Drive and Roslyn Street, just to the north of the Stapleton Town Center.
Community comments were incorporated as part of the design process for the new library through a series of three public involvement meetings. The community was invited to give ideas on the site for the library, the building character, its interior environment, the children’s area, sustainability and technology. Ideas gained from the community were considered in many aspects of the design. Renderings of the project provide a visual of the concepts for and proposed design of the new facility. OZ Architecture is the design firm chosen for the Library and they have completed tasks through final construction documents. The design seeks to achieve a building that is nouveau-traditional, with varied elevations, abundant windows, and a strong indoor/outdoor relationship, including a protected outdoor space or porch at the building entry. The design also seeks to provide an interior which is inviting and cozy, builds a sense of community, has flexible spaces, and facilitates interactive/educational opportunities. The library will incorporate various technology features, such as self service, e-books, RFID technology, Wi-Fi, interactive, multi-platform technology, and more as the budget allows.
The Denver Public Library and the project team will seek to achieve a LEED Silver certification for the new facility by incorporating energy efficient and environmentally sustainable features in the design of the facility, its operations and the overall construction process. Specific features that are being incorporated to some degree include such things as day-lighting, reflective roofing, under-floor air distribution, automated lighting and temperature controls, use of local building materials and materials with recycled content, energy efficient cooling, and water conscious aspects in the facility and its landscaping.
Partners in the project effort include the Denver Public Library, Forest City, the City of Denver (Public Works), Wember Inc., Oz Architecture, Group 3 Planners, and the Better Denver Bond Program.