MARY D. PRETLOW ANCHOR BRANCH LIBRARY
The two-story, 31,000 square foot Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch sets a new standard for library services in Norfolk – a community oriented facility filled with the latest library technology.
Features include the Teen Zone with 20 computers, big screen TV, activity center and lockers. A large adult computer center with 40 PC’s can remain open after hours. Public meeting rooms seating up to 100 are equipped for teleconferencing and distance learning programs. Four study rooms will accommodate from 2 to 12 people for group study and small meetings.
The 10,000 square foot second floor Children’s Library is an abstract, underwater fantasyland designed to support the Family Place Library programs which advance literacy for parents and children from birth to 10 years old. The Early Childhood Learning Center includes a Program Room, Playscape for toddlers, as well as 20 computers and a large book collection.
2009 Project of the Year, American Public Works Association
2009 Design Award for Outstanding Library Facility, Virginia public Library Directors Association
2008 Interior and General Lighting Award, Tidewater Chapter of Illuminating Engineering Society
Publication Feature, American Libraries Design Showcase
MEYERA E. OBERNDORF CENTRAL LIBRARY
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Virginia Beach’s flagship Central Library was designed to anticipate the then emerging trends of information technology, sustainable design and the re-imagination of what a library can be. The library’s unique roof line allows ribbons of glass to direct natural daylight into almost every room saving energy and providing a serene environment. Many other cutting edge strategies were identified and included. And the project came in under budget!
Awards include: Best New Building Award by Portfolio Magazine, 1988; Award of Honor for Architecture by the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, 1988; and Energy Design Award by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (VSAIA), 1987. In 2012 the VSAIA selected the Central Library for their prestigious Test of Time Award which recognizes buildings at least 25 years old that express enduring architectural significance.
Interiors by W. Ray Jennings Interior Design, Norfolk, VA
NORTH COURTHOUSE ROAD LIBRARY
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA
LEED Certified Silver by the United States Green Building Council the North Courthouse Road Library is designed to save 25% annually in energy compared to a baseline code-compliant building. Natural daylighting provided by windows and high-tech skylights make a major contribution to these energy savings and also create a light filled interior that is properly controlled for reading both print and screen information. Many other sustainable features are included.
See our Sustainable Design Case Study for more: https://library.chesterfield.gov/DocumentCenter/View/570/North-Courthouse-Road-Library-LEED-Case-Study-Final-160801.
Interiors by KSA Interiors, Glen Allen, VA
FARMVILLE-PRINCE EDWARD COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The Farmville-Prince Edward County’s Community Library is a 20,000 SF state-of-the art main library located in a public park at the edge of Wilck’s Lake in the Town of Farmville. The Library interior showcases views to the adjacent lake from the adult, teen, and children’s areas. Large glass windows open directly onto a lakeside patio.
Roof top clerestory windows bring abundant natural light into the library’s large central atrium space. A “thru-the-looking-glass” theme informs the children’s area with a variety of mirrors, “rabbit holes” and fantasy picture frames prominently featured.
Public areas are organized within sight and easy walking distance of the staff desks to allow maximum service with a minimum of staff. Library service features include a multipurpose meeting room, children’s program room, two group study rooms, computer lab, and special teen area with its own computers.
2010 Interior Design First Place Award, Virginia IDEA
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA
The Library interior showcases abundant natural light and views. Special light diffusing skylights and electrically operated sun-control roller shades ensure a glare-free visual environment. An open plan makes the library easy for visitors to browse and for staff to supervise.
The meeting room opens directly into the library with sliding glass doors that open wide to invite informal use when events are not scheduled.
Interiors by KSA Interiors, Glen Allen, VA.
2009 Interior Design Honorable Mention Award, Virginia IDEA
NORTH SUFFOLK LIBRARY***
PRINCESS ANNE LIBRARY
MASSANUTTEN REGIONAL LIBRARY
NORTH PARK LIBRARY
CHESAPEAKE CENTRAL LIBRARY***
JAMES COUNTY LIBRARY
CURRITUCK COUNTY LIBRARY***
BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY***
INDIAN RIVER LIBRARY
SOUTH NORFOLK LIBRARY***
VAN WICK LIBRARY
***= Received Design Award