West Richland Library

Remodel turns the page to create a fresh design.

This remodel offers a modern, well-organized, comfortable, light-filled environment that appeals to visitors of all ages.  Primary updates included incorporating a little-used large meeting room into the main branch area and updating the spaces, finishes and colors to promote Mid-Columbia Libraries’ current objectives and branding.

The original joint library and city meeting room was opened up to the existing branch, creating a new story-time area, an improved children’s collection and opportunities to display public art.  The children’s area is highlighted with brightly colored artwork installations of animals that tie in with the floor and wall finishes.  Room for additional shelving allowed for an increased collection with thousands of new items.

A new meeting room with an overhead projector is available to the public for presentations and conferences.  There are eight public computers and a lounge devoted to wireless devices.

Vivid colors on the entry vestibule walls and ceiling help draw visitors into the space.  A hexagonal carpet tile was used in multiple tones and repeats the same accents from the walls.  The multi-hued features help highlight spaces and define circulation areas.

In an effort to capitalize on the existing clerestory and perimeter windows, the adult reading section introduced new, lower book stacks to allow for an abundance of natural daylighting throughout the space.

A new drive-up book-drop and an on-demand book-pickup parking stall expand options for library visitors.

Specifications

  • Client: Mid-Columbia Libraries
  • Location: West Richland, Washington
  • Size: 6,173 square feet
  • Completed:  2019