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  • Arlington

    2900 South Quincy Street, Suite 710
    Arlington, VA 22206 Map
    T 703.998.0101 | F 703.998.7798

  • Chesapeake

    1317 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
    Chesapeake, VA 23320 Map
    T 757.622.2828 | F 757.622.2430

  • Richmond

    115 South 15th Street, Suite 202
    Richmond, VA 23219 Map
    T 804.277.8987 | F 804.277.8991

  • Roanoke

    28 Church Ave SW
    Roanoke, VA 24011 Map
    T 540.344.1212 | F 540.344.1321

  • Rockville

    1 Research Court, Suite 450
    Rockville, MD 20850 Map
    T 240.403.4101

Kennett Library

Location: Kennett Square, PA

An existing 50-year-old, 11,000 SF, two-story library in the Borough of Kennett Square has outlived its usefulness and the Borough decided to replace it with a new downtown facility. The design team, working with the library staff, Borough staff and residents, programmed a new community facility that includes a 36,000 SF library, auditorium and a 47-car garage.

The community wanted a new, contemporary library that would help to revitalize the historic downtown, so the design team conducted a series of community ‘visioning’ charrettes to discuss urban design issues, library programs and services, and architectural character. A sloped, 26,000 SF site, a gateway to downtown Kennett Square, was selected and a two-story facility was designed. Beneath this facility, the┬áparking garage was designed into the slope, hidden except for the garage entrance. The design will be a lantern as one enters town, providing spectacular views over the town and a small civic plaza at the entry.

The design has been embraced by the community as is waiting funding, expected in early 2018.