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Georgetown Public Library p r o j e c t  Georgetown c l i e n t  City


of Georgetown

a r c h i t e c t  PBS&J


d e s i g n t e a m  Charles

Croslin, Jr., AIA; Bruce Hoelscher, AIA; Mat-

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement: Transit Mix & Concrete Materials; unit pavers :

Acme (Pampered Lawns Austin Inc.); water displays : Austin

Water Designs; concrete materials : Transit Mix Concrete & Materials; masonry units : Acme (Elgin Butler Co.); cast stone : Fritchman

thew Nesbitt; Kristen Klein

& Associates Inc.; unit masonry wall assemblies : Acme (Elgin Butler

c o n t r a c t o r  Satterfield

Co.); masonry veneer assemblies : Acme (Elgin Butler Co.); metal deck-

c o n s u l t a n t s   Alexander

& Pontikes Construction, Inc. Boedy Associates (landscape); Busby +

Associates, Inc. (cost estimating); Datum Engineers, Inc. (struc-

ing :

Nucor Vulcraft Group;

waterproofing and dampproofing :


Construction Chemical: Sonneborn; building insulation : CertainTeed;

tural); Combs Consulting Group (information technology); Myers &

exterior insulation and finish systems :

Associates (MEP); Raymond Chan & Associates (civil)

BASF Construction Chemical: Sonneborn; metal roofing : Berridge

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Jud

Haggard; Leigh Christian



wood doors :

Glass North America; tile :

Certain Teed; vapor retarders :

Eggers Industries;

gypsum fabrications :

glass :

Interceramic; terrazzo : American Terrazzo Co.;

signage and graphics :

AGC Flat


National Gypsum Co.; paints :



PPG; 3

CS&S Group, Ltd.


The new 49,000-square-foot Georgetown Public Library

into the storefront glass at the main entrances of the

offers residents a community space that reflects the

library. The building’s efficient layout allows it to be

historic nature of the city. PBS&J Architects closely

easily transformed to fit different groups of the com-

followed the requirements of the City of Georgetown’s

munity during the day and evening. The library includes

historic architectural review committee when designing

separate stacks for children, young adults, and adults,

the library. The exterior design seamlessly integrates

along with a special collections room, community rooms

the building into its surrounding environment. Small

with access to outdoor areas, informal reading areas, a

courtyards, formal lawns, and a fountain welcome visi-

central lobby for after-hours events, and a coffee bar.

tors, and a terrazzo floor depicts a rosette pattern for

PBS&J Architects designed the lobby with a

way finding. The names of famous authors are etched


t e x a s

a r c h i t e c t

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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

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Texas Architect March/April 2008: The Walkable City