Since Douglas County Libraries announced its building campaign, No Leaf Unturned, in 2013, it has made considerable progress toward the realization of three new libraries serving the communities of Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Parker. The new libraries will provide a tangible response to each community’s growth and demand for library amenities, spaces and services.
Building projects will be implemented by the library district’s partners, including Studiotrope Design Collective, Anderson Mason Dale Architects and general contractor Fransen Pittman Construction Company, Inc. All are known for their innovation, experience in building public facilities, and respect for community involvement.
The new libraries will share common themes across all three communities. Each two-story contemporary design will embody Douglas County Libraries’ progressive service model and seamlessly connect to its surroundings in each community. Libraries will feature natural and locally-sourced materials, and future outdoor spaces to connect library guests to Colorado’s beautiful landscapes. Civic spaces – study rooms, conference rooms and community rooms – will play a major role in the spatial and architectural complexions of each library.
Each library will also have special features unique to its location. The new library in Castle Pines will feature playful window patterns and accent materials to establish a rich presence along Village Square Lane. Its community room and an outdoor roof terrace will grace the west side of the building.
The Lone Tree location’s entry will take the form of a covered porch, allowing library guests to expand their library experience outdoors. A perforated metal screen structure will create a solar veil along the west face of the building, and act as a visual bridge to the adjacent eclectic Lone Tree Arts Center.
In Parker, the new library building’s unique shape, derived from the shape of the site, will leverage views to the west and over the Town of Parker’s planned park and plaza. Primary community rooms will be perched over the library’s entry, and study rooms will overlook Main Street. Civic spaces and an interactive children’s space will all enjoy a varied and rich materials palette.
Groundbreakings for all three projects are planned for spring, 2015.