Coloma Public Library

Design of the public library for the City of Coloma began with a needs assessment, resulting in a new library facility. The library’s site overlooks a park near the main intersection of town. This visibility is a permanent statement of the importance and commitment of the library to the community of Coloma.

The architectural design of the 18,200-sf library complements the surrounding area, and is distinguished by the use of charcoal-colored, heavily rusticated fieldstone at the building base as well as in reading areas with ivory-colored brick above. The interior is characterized by a variety of spatial volumes, and features a high vaulted ceiling traversing the main service area. Large glazed areas capture views and bring natural light into the space.

Functional features include a community room that accommodates 100 people and is operational during non-library hours, a children’s area, dedicated program room with a secured outdoor area, and a fireplace near the adult periodical reading section. A landscaped plaza also serves as an outdoor reading area.

This project was designed and constructed by FTCH using our integrated construction management approach including fully integrated architectural, engineering, and construction management services. Interior design services were provided by Riemenschneider Design Associates, Inc.