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  Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library, pAGE 68Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library
Triad Architects
784 Morrison Road, #B, Columbus, OH 43230

West Jefferson, Ohio
Total Square Feet: 11,936
Construction Period: June 2000 to July 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Dorsey Construction - 906 N. 22nd Street, Columbus, OH 43219
Structural Engineer: Shirk & O'Donovan Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 960 Kingsmill Pkwy. #201, Columbus, OH 43229
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: National Engineering Ltd. - 784 Morrison Road, Columbus, OH 43230
Landscape Architect: TRIAD Architects - 784 Morrison Road #B, Columbus, OH 43230
Cost Estimator: TRIAD Architects - 784 Morrison Road #B, Columbus, OH 43230

The renovations and additions to the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson, Ohio transformed the existing simple building into a spacious and elegant new facility.

By doubling the size of the building, the new design addresses a number of overcrowded conditions. Increased space will be used for additional library stacks that will accommodate their growing materials collection. The space will also provide several new reading rooms and a quiet study area as a result of increasing community use. The library staff will also benefit from the addition. What had been crowded into two small rooms will be expanded into a new breakroom/kitchen, larger workrooms, and individual staff offices.

With constant community use of both the small computer lab and community meeting room, the lab was increased in size to allow for six new computer stations, 12 computer stations total. This expands their patrons' access to both the Internet and online statewide library sharing. An expandable community/conference room was created that can be divided into two smaller meeting rooms. In addition, a separate computer area was designed in the children's area for parent/child use. With an eye toward the future of technology, Hurt/Battelle was designed for current computer use as well as for future system upgrades and wiring for additional terminals.

As the library collection had grown at Hurt/Battelle, so had the types of library materials. Prior to the addition, CD-ROM, video, audio, and other medias were being placed in limited available space. Therefore, the new design incorporated dedicated shelving and storage for these specific medias.

While the new design addresses function, it also addresses the library staff's desire for a unique design. Passing through the new exterior tower is a grand double-volume circulation space that is flanked by the barrel vaulted adult area and an intimate children's area created for the increasing number of children's programs that the library offers. The adult area is punctuated by a reading area that incorporates a large south-facing bay window.

Through the use of traditional brick, including a decorative water table, the building becomes a dominant feature in the small community. The entry tower, located at the center of the building, is illuminated at night and identifies the library as a key public building in the growing community.

In addition to the building's renovation, the library also transformed the site to offer easier accessibility and new amenities including a drive-thru book/video drop, additional parking, improved site lighting for security, new landscaping, and new signage to mark their distinguished new design. The renovations and additions have shaped the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library into a unique building that addresses increasing community demands as well as flexibility for the changing face of library technology.

DIV 07: EIFS: Parex; EPDM: Johns Manville; Shingles: Certainteed.
DIV 08: Windows: Pella; Entrance Doors: Tubelite, Advanced Glass Systems.
DIV 09: VCT & Carpet: Mannington; Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong.
Div. 10: Operable Partitions: Modernfold.

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