New Buffalo Township Public Library

Due to continued growth of their community and immediate service area, the New Buffalo Township Public Library board commissioned a needs assessment in 2008 which recommended expanding their 30-year old facility. Although every square inch of the existing 7,300-sf library was being utilized efficiently, industry standards supported the need for an increase to 18,000 sf to effectively meet the current and projected needs of the community.

Working with the existing site, FTCH developed a conceptual design which meets the long-range space needs and provides an efficient layout for public and supporting staff areas. The new site plan includes a dedicated parking area and drive-up book/video drop off. A new entry welcomes patrons from the main parking area into an extended lobby which is directly adjacent to a large community room, accessible for after hours meetings and dividable into two separate spaces for efficient and flexible use. A pitched roof scheme provides opportunities for eyebrow dormers to introduce natural light into the center of the building and contributes to an architectural scale and style which is compatible with the resort community. Riemenschneider Design Associates, Inc. was part of the design team and provided interior design services.