JE Dunn recently completed the construction of two libraries (the Garden City Branch and the Islands Branch) for the Live Oak Public Libraries. Each library has the same, one-story, 16,000-square-foot footprint. Both are built to LEED Silver certification.
The libraries both feature welcoming and inviting open and airy space. Each can accommodate a variety of activities at the same time such as quiet reading, group study, community research, and programs. While the majority of the facilities are open to the public, there are staff administration spaces including a shipping/receiving area.
The materials and finishes used throughout the buildings are durable, low-maintenance and able to withstand public use without looking institutional. Each facility is sensitive to, and reflective of its unique site and neighborhood.
The projects included 94 percent local participation and MWBE participation of 42 percent (Garden City) and 47 percent (Islands).