On April 30, 2014, at the Douglas County Libraries (DCL) Board of Trustees meeting, the board selected Studiotrope Design Collective with Anderson Mason Dale Architects (AMD) to develop an architectural and design plan for several new libraries. The goal of No Leaf Unturned, the library building campaign announced in 2013, is to respond to the community’s growth and demand for library spaces and services by building three new libraries within the county. The new libraries will serve the Town of Parker, City of Lone Tree, and City of Castle Pines.
Studiotrope Design Collective and Anderson Mason Dale Architects are known for their innovative design, experience in building public facilities, and respect for community involvement.
Since its inception, Studiotrope Design Collective has focused on the ever-changing role of the library in the eyes of their communities. This journey has fostered partnerships with library organizations; led them to present at local and national library conferences; led to their deep involvement in unique communities across Colorado; and most importantly, led to a process that starts with an intimate understanding of each community and the needs each library must address to be successful.
Anderson Mason Dale Architects has built its reputation as a firm focused on public architecture serving communities and institutions across the Rocky Mountain region since 1975. Their commitment to delivering state-of-the-art facilities that embody the values of their clients reflects a culture that embraces the delivery of quality service and product as a singular endeavor.
“Studiotrope and AMD displayed what DCL is looking for in an architect group and partner,” said library director and project manager Bob Pasicznyuk. “From innovative and creative design work, to their commitment to representing community heritage and involvement throughout this project’s lifespan, we believe they will develop dynamic libraries for our community.
“We have a terrific team, and we are all honored to be selected for this exciting project,” added Andy Nielsen, principal, Anderson Mason Dale Architects. “We can’t wait to get started working with Douglas County Libraries to help shape some great new facilities for your communities.”
Douglas County Libraries’ request for qualifications was issued in early 2014, and 15 firms responded. Five finalists were selected and invited to participate in an extensive interview process, beginning with an architect showcase on April 8, 2014, in which firms presented to more than 60 members of the community
Following the showcase, over a two-day period, the finalists were described their qualifications and responded to questions from an interview committee. Finalist presentations addressed firm profiles, relevant experience, practice philosophy and each firm’s view on emerging trends and best practices in library and civic place design.
Firms were evaluated according to several criteria, including but not limited to design leadership, qualifications of project staff and consultants, team organization, experience in soliciting community input, innovation and creativity, fees, showcase survey results, team dynamics and interpersonal skills.
Studiotrope Design Collective with Anderson Mason Dale Architects was preferred because of its overall strengths, which include local presence, demonstrated ability to design unique community-centric civic spaces, overall design team and supporting consultant structure, capacity to staff and manage simultaneous design of three buildings, understanding of the importance of brand, and their knowledge of and previous partnerships in Douglas County.