Monograph: Shute Park Library

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Shute Park Branch Library City of Hillsboro




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Main entrance on west elevation

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SHUTE PARK BRANCH LIBRARY The transformational renovation of Shute Park Branch Library was guided by the City of Hillsboro’s desire to redefine their service model, strengthen the relationship between building and park, and to create an inspiring and adaptable 21st century library.

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Existing west elevation

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BACKGROUND After 40 years of incremental change, the Shute Park Branch Library in Hillsboro, Oregon had devolved into a dark, cluttered, inefficient interior that had little connection to its namesake park, and was in desperate need of positive change. All of the building systems needed to be replaced and the existing interior layout could not support the current and long-term needs of patrons and staff.

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Existing north facade

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Existing main entrance

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Existing book stacks

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Existing circulation desk

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Conceptual floor plan sketches exploring the reorganization of the library

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PROGRAMMING In support of the library’s new service model, Hennebery Eddy Architects and staff explored several options for reorganizing the building interior. The preferred concept included relocating the main entrance to the west elevation, reducing the collection, dedicating more square footage for tables, chairs and meeting rooms, and consolidating the circulation and reference desks.

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FLOOR PLAN The reorganized library interior is defined by an open expanse of seating and low book stacks that extend the entire length of the library. This enables patrons to easily navigate the interior while allowing library staff to monitor the space from one central location.

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CENTRAL STAFF DESKS

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Interior rendering, staff desks

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Interior rendering

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Final design

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New canopy during construction

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Construction of library interior

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Full scale art glass mock-up

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Art glass installation

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Library plaza and main entrance

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ART GLASS The once windowless west facade is now defined by a 100-foot-long graphic anthem that celebrates both the park and library. From a distance, a ceramic frit glass pattern appears as old growth tree rings from locally significant trees — Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Giant Sequoia. Up close, the tree rings reveal themselves to be the first lines of books, poems, songs, and plays, adding graphic interest and literary meaning to the west wall. Library patrons and staff contributed hundreds of their favorite first lines to be incorporated into the art piece.

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ENTRY A restrained palette of materials, fixtures, furniture, and colors was employed in deference to the abundance of natural light and to highlight colors and textures of the surrounding park that are readily visible from within the library.

Community meeting room

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Entry sequence

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Circulation and reference desks

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Library looking north

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CHILDREN’S LIBRARY Angelina Marino-Heidel’s mural, “Bird Child Travels Through History,” helps identify the children’s library as a bright and colorful space for imaginative exploration.

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NATURAL LIGHT The restored, saw-tooth wall of glass is now visible throughout the library and accommodates a variety of seating groups, providing a closer relationship between library patrons and the park.

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OWNER Director: Bob Reitmajer Project Manager: Karl Dinger Program & Support Manager: Toni Plunkett Library Director: Mike Smith Assistant Library Director: Linda Lybecker Shute Park Library Manager: Hillary Ostlund Foundation of Hillsboro Capital Campaign: Debbie Clarke HENNEBERY EDDY ARCHITECTS Principal-in-Charge: David Wark, AIA Project Manager: Meg Matsushima, AIA Project Architect: Jimmy Gantz, AIA Interior Designer: Angelique Nossa, NCIDQ Project Team: Laura Craig-Bennett CONSULTANTS Landscape: Walker Macy Structural: KPFF Consulting Engineers Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing: MKE and Associates CONTRACTOR General: Howard S. Wright Photography: Josh Partee Photography

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PROJECT INFORMATION Client: City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Public Library Location: Hillsboro, Oregon Building Use: Community Library Building Area: 14,330 sf Construction Type: V-B Occupancy Type: A Construction Cost: $3.3 M Cost/sf: $230 Completion Date: February 2014 HEA Project Number: 11090 AWARDS Interior Design Award, AIA Portland, 2014

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