Fountain City Branch Library|
THE LEWIS GROUP ARCHITECTS
1111 North Shore Drive, #N-290, Knoxville, TN 37919
Knox County, Tennessee
Total Square Feet:
June 2003 to May 2004
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: WCT Associates, Inc. - 1901 Lakeview Avenue, #C, Jefferson City, TN 37760
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Evans Contracting Co. - P.O. Box 517, Clinton, TN 37716
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Vreeland Engineers, Inc. - 3107 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Engineering Services Group, Inc. - 900 East Hill Avenue, #350, Knoxville, TN 37915
Located in historic Fountain City, Tennessee (Knox County) this library replaces an existing, smaller one that was located on the edge of a picturesque park at the heart of the town center. The design challenge was to create a new town landmark away from the historic town center – one that would broaden the town center and be as memorable as other town landmarks like the Fountain City Duck Pond.
The site planning locates the building at the edge of the street, consequently screening the parking and vehicular access. A colonnade provides pedestrian access from sidewalks and the parking areas to the building. The building was sighted as it stands now in order to preserve a large, existing ash tree; the tree was not able to survive a storm, but it is remembered in various tree details throughout the library. Including oak leaf and acorn precast medallions on the exterior and interior of the building.
The open interior and centrally located circulation desk offers efficient control of all library areas. There is also a circulation desk for children at a lower height. Adult and children’s sections are discretely segregated through the minimal use of glazed partitions, furniture arrangement, ceiling treatment, and innovative decorative accents.
Additionally, a large multipurpose room and outdoor reading area allows for the scheduling of community gatherings, both during and after hours.
The owners desired a traditional building; therefore, the library employed a traditional vocabulary, including Tuscan columns and a grand arch, and a materials palette of brick, traditional pre-cast concrete detailing, Italian tile floors, and composite slate roof treatment.
When budget constraints on this project threatened to cut out some of its unique character including the composite slate roof and Tuscan columns, community members rallied together and raised more than $80,000 to ensure the building would remain just as the architect had planned.
A Heritage Committee raised additional funds and collaborated with the UT McClung Museum to install display cases inside the library entrance to feature rotating exhibits on the history of Fountain City.
The library was honored with a 2005 Design Excellence Award from the Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission.
DIV 07: Metal Roofing: Petersen
Aluminum; Shingles: Eco-Star®; EPDM: Firestone; EIFS: Sto Corp.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: US Aluminum; Glazing: AFG.
DIV 09: Gypsum: USG; Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong.
DIV 10: Access Doors: Williams