Paw Paw District Library

FTCH worked closely with Paw Paw District Library staff and the building committee to assess projected library space needs for the community. Alternative conceptual design approaches were identified and evaluated, including new construction on alternate sites and renovation of existing buildings. The final design solution involved remaining on the existing library site, purchasing additional property, demolishing existing structures, and constructing of a new library with accommodations for future expansion.

Unique building elements include an octagonal entry lobby with direct access to a large meeting room strategically positioned adjacent to the children’s area for ease in scheduling library-specific programs and community functions during off hours. A large clear-span stack and reading area is flanked by individual study/meeting rooms and a dedicated local history room. Site amenities include sustainable features such as a series of rain gardens and drive-up book drop.


2012 Design Competition, Learning/Educational Category, First Place Winner - American Society of Interior Designers/Michigan Chapter