Community Partnerships Spur Innovation
The facility houses both the public library and community college functions, creating a unique and diverse program for the building that includes adult, teen, youth reading spaces, common areas, and multi-use facilities. The facility also utilizes advanced RFID and self-service technology throughout the Library.
A folded corten skin and glass window wall wrap the outer shell, dramatic lava boulders dot courtyard spaces, and organic flowing floor patterns extend inside to out. The skin detail wraps to the inside of the building and transfers into an exposed cedar ceiling surface that can be seen from the first and second floor of the library, forging an expansive reading room vista driven by the concept and client objectives. Within the interior, each programmatic element rises from the floor plate defining and transforming places into stimulating environments where the library patrons can experience the amazing views.
The building is organized around the central community focus, the public meeting space. This is a place where the community comes together for public meetings, lectures, and performances. The library is organized around the meeting spaces, and is flanked by classrooms and offices for Yavapai College, the town's partner in the project. The building is adjacent to a new parking area to allow patrons to walk at grade into the building, and a series of terraces and an open walkway that connects the new building to the existing city hall and amphitheater area, enlivening this relatively unused area.
Design Architect: Richärd Kennedy Architects
Architect of Record: Richärd Kennedy Architects
Client: Town of Prescott Valley
Size: 55,000 SF
Project Type: Civic + Public
Services: Architecture, Programming, Planning, Interior Design
Delivery Method: CMAR
General Contractor: Barton Malow Company
MEP Engineer: Energy Systems Design
Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural Design
Civil Engineer: PK Kland
Landscape Design Architect: T. Barnobas Kane & Assoc.
Photographers: Beil Koppes | Marc Boisclair
2010 – AIA Arizona, Merit Award
2010 – Shaw Contract Group
2010 – IIDA Southwest Chapter PRIDE Award, Best of Show
2010 – IIDA Southwest Chapter PRIDE Award, Commercial Single Space
2010 – IIDA Southwest Chapter PRIDE Award, Design Excellence for Public Facility
2008 – ALA / IIDA, 1st Place: On the Boards