Introduction The library environment is unlike any other community destination where people can learn, communicate and engage together. krM has had the great opportunity to work with 45 public libraries in the last 39 years. Each one has helped us learn and gain perspective on how integral a library is to the life of a community. By improving and investing in a library building, it represents a positive statement towards the community it serves. For each project, we look to each library’s mission, its site, and its opportunities to develop a unique design solution. We intimately understand how to make the transition – and transformation - from old to new. krM has worked on more than two millionsquare-feet of renovation and adaptive reuse projects, many for libraries throughout the Midwest.
“Design to me is essential in a building because it effects how you use a building. To be a beautiful place is as important as actually having a space.” Rebecca Lemons,Director Huntington City-Township Public Library Markle Branch Library
AMOS MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY SHELBY-COUNTY LIBRARIES type: New Branch Library location: Sidney, OH client: Shelby County Public Library krM services: Programming, Architecture, Interior Design completed: Phase I: March 2017 Phase II: August 2017 size: 13,000 SF addition 20,000 SF renovation cost: $4.6 million
Amos Memorial Public Library has been carefully designed to expand and improve its service to its community, while adding and contributing to its unique downtown fabric. The project is adding 13,000-square-feet and renovating 20,000-square-feet to its existing 1950’s building. A new dynamic atrium space now serves as the heart of the building’s addition. It hosts a large gathering stair surrounded by expansive windows that flood the interior with natural daylight. Focus was given to improve overall building technology and increase visitor comfort throughout the library, and create new children’s and young adult areas. The community has worked diligently to raise funds to support the library’s renovation and addition and krM has been working alongside the Library for almost ten years in support of their comprehensive efforts.
“We explored the way a live-learn environment might add to a student’s overall experience. The dynamic nature of a building is that it’s a mini-community.” The Flagship Education Center Purdue Polytechnic, Education & Innovation Center
â€œThe inclusion of natural light was important, not only for daylighting, but also to showcase the transparency of the library to the neighborhood.â€? Beka Lemons, Director
MARKLE BRANCH LIBRARY
HUNTINGTON CITY-TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY type: location: krM services: completed: size: cost:
New Branch Library Markle, IN Programming, Architecture, Interior Design, MEP Design June 2016 4,000 SF $850,000
Through the craftsmanship of light, materiality and performance, the new Markle Library’s design respects its neighborhood context and supports the future needs of the library visitors and staff. The design team carefully considered the building’s surrounding neighborhood, scale and materials. The resulting design echoes a contemporary, single-story craftsman-style building. A palette of simple materials were chosen to appear in different applications and details throughout the library’s open floor plan. There was tremendous attention to detail of the structural glulam beams, exposed fasteners and hardware, and clean, dominant connections. The inclusion of natural light was extremely important, not only to promote reading, but also to showcase the transparency of the library to its community. The building’s open floor plan and abundant use of daylighting allows the building’s interior spaces to feel more spacious. Echoing the building’s adjacent neighborhood and its bungalow porches, a private, sheltered patio was created to provide additional seating, to welcome visitors, and create a sense of community.
INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY NEW MICHIGAN ROAD BRANCH type: location: krM services: status: size: cost:
New Construction Indianapolis, IN Architecture, Interior Design currently in design development 20,000 SF renovation $6 million
The new Michigan Road Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library is currently moving into final design stages. The building will create a new library service area in an area that has gone previously under-served. The design team led four public engagement sessions and two young adult sessions to better understand the communityâ€™s program desires and service needs. The interior spaces will be open to encourage abundant natural light to enter, a central staffing point, controlled acoustics, privacy and central staff serviceability. The four-acre site greatly influences the proposed building massing from its topography, existing trees, and entry and access identity. The exterior materials will include a blend of natural masonry and modern detailing which clearly define the library as a civic leader and place of knowledge sharing. To reduce overall energy consumption, the project is targeting a minimum of LEED Silver Version 4 and will incorporate a double-skin wall within the libraryâ€™s central reading room. This wall is unique in that it goes beyond standard building standards and has been implemented by only a few facilities in the country.
The building sits at the intersection of a very active vehicular cooridor and was designed to reinforce the areaâ€™s strong sense of community.
Reclaimed wood from on-site trees will be harvsted, milled and utilized throughout the interior spaces as furniture and appear as key details.
Daylighting is driven deep within the core of the building to increase natural light and create a better reading enviornment. Glass was strategically placed to increase views to the outdoors as well as to allow for transparency within the building from the exterior and pedestrian cooridor.
A double-skin wall into the buildingâ€™s central space - this unique component goes beyond standard systems and is a rare find throughout the country. It also allows for a significant amount of natural daylight to enter, at the same time it assists the HVAC system in all seasons to reduce overall energy consumption and control ventilation. Daylighting is driven deep within the core of the building to increase natural light and create a better reading enviornment. Glass was strategically placed to increase views to the outdoors as well as to allow for transparency within the building from the exterior and pedestrian cooridor.
A Daylighting Analysis Model depicts the proposed building design and how much light will penetrate into the spaces through realistic data.
â€œThe library was organized in areas of function, using bold color to clearly define the space.â€?
GALVESTON BRANCH LIBRARY
LOGANSPORT, CASS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY type: location: krM services: size: cost:
New Branch Library Galveston, IN Architecture, Interior Design 1,700 SF $275,000
Located in a narrow, storefront building since opening in 1944, The Galveston Branch Library dreamed of attracting a more youthful patronage. The transformation of their space created more defined functions and efficiencies, increased staff engagement and made visiting the library exciting again. A new ADA ramp was strategically incorporated to shift the primary circulation to one side of the narrow room and create room for an intimate children’s area - a key priority for the library’s programs. To be contextual and sensitive to the original building’s character, many of the building’s existing artifacts were incorporated into the new space. Combining new and old, the original interior oak doors became privacy screens, the circulation desk was created from original desk panels, and the existing tin ceiling was preserved and enhanced. Part of the building’s existing hardwood floor was also repurposed into an entry ceiling. This new entry canopy forms a deep ‘sun shade to light shelf design’ which bounces natural daylight deep into the narrow space. This, paired with the linear LED lighting, bold colors and transparent walls, floods the library with light throughout the day.
GREENWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN & TEEN RENOVATIONS type: location: client: krM services: completed: size: cost:
Renovation Greenwood, IN Greenwood Public Library Architecture, Interior Design Phase I: March 2016 Phase II: in progress 15,225 SF renovation $200,000
To celebrate the library’s upcoming 100th anniversary and in support of one of the busiest children’s departments in the state, the Greenwood Public Library children’s department was transformed into a vibrant space for its rapidly growing programs. To create a more modem learning environment, daylighting, furniture and new finishes were utilized to enhance its existing space. To accommodate the library’s programming schedule, flexibility and durability were encouraged with the use of industrial tables and chairs, interactive walls, digital and physical gaming. A true community endeavor, the teen area was created from the library’s staff and young adult’s input. They then helped install much of their ideas and added additional artwork to make the space more authentic. Additional projects are planned for 2017, including a new toddler-sensory area and an art installation in the main stair well.
Existing Carnegie Library
BROOKVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY type: location: krM services: status: size: cost:
Addition & Renovation Brookville, IN Architecture, Interior Design currently in schematic design 10,000 SF renovation $3 million
Brookville Public Library is creating an addition to include space for new programs. The addition and renovation will offer a new 2-story entry atrium, children’s area, children’s program room, teen area, study commons, private study booths, community meeting room, flexible community spaces, staff offices and outdoor reading spaces.
HAMILTON HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL type: location: client: krM services: completed: published:
Renovation Arcadia, IN Hamilton Heights School Corporation Architecture, Interior Design December 2014 Outstanding Design in the 2016 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase
Hamilton Heights students are empowered to participate in a technologically challenging, global environment. The school community aspires to graduate healthy, responsible citizens who are life-long learners and creative, critical thinkers. Beyond aesthetic updates, the building needed to provide functional program areas to align with contemporary learning pedagogy. These include the development of collaboration areas within an expanded media center created by the enclosure of an existing, under-utilized courtyard area. In order to provide an environment that enables students to obtain the best exposure to the best resources, the Media Center becomes a learning hub. The student engagement in this environment enhances learning and encourages more interactive behavior between all students and teachers. The furniture selection focused on easy flexibility to change the space into a variety of layouts, including presentation style for after hours information sessions.
EARLHAM COLLEGE location: size: services: completion:
Richmond, IN 5,045 SF Programming, Interior Design September 2016
Earlhamâ€™s Co-Lab serves as the hub where opportunities for multiple disciplinary learning merge. The space provides opportunities for communication and teamwork from unique perspectives, to address compelling local, national and global challenges. The Co-Lab showcases adaptability by providing collaboration zones, classroom zones, private offices and presentation spaces. The team explored ways to incorporate traditional elements of the existing campus with the contemporary design ideals that were desired to attract new students.
â€œWe talked about our hopes and dreams, fears and limitations, and krM listened. We needed someone who was not there to sell us their vision but rather to advocate for us as we worked to implement our vision. krM has been that advocate.â€? Cheryl Dobbs, Director Greenwood Public Library
Recognition AIA Indiana, Firm of the Year Award 2016 krM Architecture
IIDA Indiana IDEA Design Award 2015 Logansport-Cass County Public Library, Galveston Branch
Madison County Entrepreneur Award 2016 krM Architecture
American School & University 2015 Citation for Educational Interiors Showcase & Architectural Portfolio 2015 Outstanding Building Indiana University Southeast Nursing Simulation & Education Center
AIA Indiana Design Award, New Construction 2017 Markle Branch Public Library AIA Indianapolis Design Award, New Construction 2017 Markle Branch Public Library IIDA Indiana IDEA Design Award 2017 Markle Branch Public Library May-Crossen Student Commons ABC Construction Excellence Award 2017 Earlham College Dining Commons Itapolina Offices & Warehouse
AIA Indianapolis New Construction 2013 York Performance Hall & Galleries AIA Indianapolis Interior Architecture 2013 Ivy Tech Nursing Simulation Lab American School & University 2006, Citation for Educational Interiors Showcase & Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Building Eastside Elementary Anderson Community Schools
krM History & Philosophy A design studio of talented craftspeople, krM is dedicated to creating architecture and transforming buildings to serve the needs of everyone. Every detail and innovation flows out of our passion for the people who will ultimately use the spaces we create. As advocates for the communities we serve, we seek to design environmentally sustainable spaces that educate, inspire, heal and transform. Our firm has gained a reputation for awardwinning design and was named the 2016 AIA Indiana Distinguished Firm of The Year. We design a variety of building types with a focus on libraries, higher education, k-12 education, and civic architecture. krM currently employs 22 people between its three offices â€“ Indianapolis, IN; Anderson, IN; and Detroit, MI. Throughout our history, the firm has had a commitment to breathing new life into older buildings, with two of its offices located in historic buildings - the Stutz Business Center in Indianapolis and the Historic Postal Building in Anderson, Indiana - spaces krM renovated ourselves. We support a highly active and collaborative design process that works in partnership with our clients and engages our consultantsâ€™ expertise. We have participated in regional and national conferences and speaking engagements to better understand the opportunities and trends affecting library facilities and learning spaces across the country. As project delivery has evolved over the years, krM has responded with the latest technologies and collaborated closely with contractors and consultants to provide the best service each and every client.
Project Discovery & Visioning At the forefront of every project, krM looks at the mission established by each project and its organization. Our design approach is based on the premise that the greatest ability to influence a project’s success is in its early stages. With everyone’s shared commitment, we expect not only significant results but also a special spirit of project advocacy to be built among participants. To ensure each school’s unique vision is the driver of its facility changes, we engage stakeholders through discussions about its pedagogy and its overarching needs. Our Project Discovery and Visioning Process will help inform all subsequent building activities, including facility planning and learning space design and how they might adapt over time.
Stakeholder Engagement Project input can be obtained through interactive activities and discussions, which allow for inclusive responses from a variety of user groups. Engaging stakeholders in a fashion that is efficient and energizing is important to develop a project vision that is supported by the entire school community.
Our Design Services: Master Planning: Comprehensive Facility Planning Community Stakeholder Input Long-Range Feasibility Facility Assessment & Viability Capital Project Planning Architectural Design Interior Design
Huntington City Township Public Library, New Markle Branch Library
Select Library Project Experience Alexandria Public Library Carnegie Library, Expansion & Renovation
Huntington City Township Public Library New Markle Branch Library
Amos Memorial Public Library Expansion & Renovation
Indianapolis Public Library New Michigan Road Branch
Anderson Public Library Main Branch, Adaptive Reuse Main Branch, Interior Renovation Lapel Branch, Interior Renovation
Jackson County Public Library Carnegie Library, Renovation & Addition
Avon Public Library Expansion & Renovation Clark County Public Library Enon Branch Adaptive Reuse & Renovation Clinton Public Library Carnegie Library, Expansion & Renovation
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Main Branch Interior Renovation New South Branch Library New Russiaville Branch Library Logansport Public Library Galveston Branch Project Renovation Carnegie Library, Main Branch Expansion & Renovation
Coatesville Public Library, New Library
Mooresville Public Library Expansion & Renovation
Edinburgh-Wright Hageman Public Library Historic Renovation & Expansion
Monroe County Public Library Expansion & Renovation
Fayette County Public Library Interior Renovation
Mary L. Cook Public Library Addition
Franklin County Public Library Carnegie Library, Brookville Branch Renovation
New Castle-Henry County Public Library Carnegie Library Expansion & Renovation
Greenwood Public Library Expansion, Renovation, & Interiors
Peru Public Library Carnegie Library, Interior Renovation
Hamilton East Public Library Noblesville Public Library Fishers Public Library
Plainfield Public Library Expansion & Renovation
Hancock County Public Library New Main Branch Interior Renovation Projects New Palestine Branch, Adaptive Reuse New Palestine Branch, New Building Plan Hamilton North Public Library Carnegie Library, Renovation Study
Pendleton Community Library Expansion & Renovation Tipton County Public Library Main Branch, Interior Renovation Windfall Branch, Adaptive Reuse West Lafayette Public Library New Public Library and Parking Garage
New Castle-Henry County Library, Carnegie Renovation & Addition
Historic Carnegie Library Project Experience Alexandria Public Library Carnegie Library, Expansion & Renovation Anderson Center for the Arts Carnegie Library, Adaptive Reuse, Restoration & Renovation Clinton Public Library Carnegie Library Expansion & Renovation Franklin County Public Library Brookville Branch, Carnegie Renovation & Addition Hamilton North Public Library Atlanta Branch, Carnegie Library Renovation Study Jackson County Public Library Carnegie Library Renovation & Addition New Castle-Henry County Public Library Carnegie Library Renovation & Addition Peru Public Library Carnegie Library, Interior Renovation Logansport-Cass County Public Library Carnegie Library, Interior Renovation
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Contact Kevin Montgomery, AIA, LEED GA Partner, Architect e. k.montgomery@krMarchitecture.com p. 765.649.8477 Erin Jennings, IIDA, RID, Assoc. AIA Project Director & Interior Designer e. ejennings@krMarchitecture.com p. 765.649.8477
We have had the great opportunity to work with 45 public libraries in the last 38 years. Each one has helped us learn and gain perspective o...
Published on Apr 11, 2017
We have had the great opportunity to work with 45 public libraries in the last 38 years. Each one has helped us learn and gain perspective o...