Texas Architect March/April 2008: The Walkable City
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texas architect 3/4 2008 58 the new 49,000-square-foot georgetown Public Library offers residents a community space that reflects the historic nature of the city. PBs&J architects closely followed the requirements of the city of georgetown’s historic architectural review committee when designing the library. the exterior design seamlessly integrates the building into its surrounding environment. small courtyards, formal lawns, and a fountain welcome visi- tors, and a terrazzo floor depicts a rosette pattern for way finding. the names of famous authors are etched into the storefront glass at the main entrances of the library. the building’s efficient layout allows it to be easily transformed to fit different groups of the com- munity during the day and evening. the library includes separate stacks for children, young adults, and adults, along with a special collections room, community rooms with access to outdoor areas, informal reading areas, a central lobby for after-hours events, and a coffee bar. PBs&J architects designed the lobby with a megan braley 4 grouNd FLoor PLaN 1 entry 2 lobby 3 cIrcUlatIon 4 chIldren’S StackS 5 StaFF work area 6 yoUng adUlt StackS 7 caFe 8 oUtdoor coUrtyard 1 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 project Georgetown Library client City of Georgetown architect PBS&J Architects design team Charles Croslin, Jr., AIA; Bruce Hoelscher, AIA; Mat- thew Nesbitt; Kristen Klein contractor Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. consultants Alexander Boedy Associates (landscape); Busby + Associates, Inc. (cost estimating); Datum Engineers, Inc. (struc- tural); Combs Consulting Group (information technology); Myers & Associates (MEP); Raymond Chan & Associates (civil) photographer Jud Haggard; Leigh Christian resources concrete pavement : Transit Mix & Concrete Materials; unit pavers : Acme (Pampered Lawns Austin Inc.); water displays : Austin Water Designs; concrete materials : Transit Mix Concrete & Materi- als; masonry units : Acme (Elgin Butler Co.); cast stone : Fritchman & Associates Inc.; unit masonry wall assemblies : Acme (Elgin Butler Co.); masonry veneer assemblies : Acme (Elgin Butler Co.); metal deck - ing : Nucor Vulcraft Group; waterproofing and dampproofing : BASF Construction Chemical: Sonneborn; building insulation : CertainTeed; exterior insulation and finish systems : Certain Teed; vapor retarders : BASF Construction Chemical: Sonneborn; metal roofing : Berridge Manufacturing; wood doors : Eggers Industries; glass : AGC Flat Glass North America; gypsum fabrications : National Gypsum Co.; tile : Interceramic; terrazzo : American Terrazzo Co.; paints : PPG; signage and graphics : CS&S Group, Ltd. Georgetown Public library