New Berlin Public Library|
PLUNKETT RAYSICH ARCHITECTS, LLP
11000 West Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53224
HOWARD R. GREEN COMPANY
8710 Earhart Lane SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
New Berlin, Wisconsin
Total Square Feet:
Nov 2003 to Feb 2005
STRUCTURAL, ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Arnold & O'Sheridan - 4125 N. 124th Street, Brookfield, WI 53005
GENERAL CONTRACTOR & COST ESTIMATOR: Riley Construction Co., Inc. - 5614 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI 53144
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: HNTB Corporation - 11414 W. Park Place, #300, Milwaukee, WI 53224
The focal point of a new Urban Development, New Berlin Public Library provides essential library services and also acts as catalyst for an economic rebirth of a previously troubled development. The building is a two-story structure and is designed in a prairie style with large pitched roofs and four foot overhangs to enhance the horizontal configuration. Roman brick, locally quarried stone, and extensive landscaping are used to help blend the building into the overall development.
The library occupies a central position of the planned unit development. The site is developed to provide shared parking and a new central "City Square" to adjacent three story residential walkups. The site design also serves to transition between adjacent small-box commercial/retail/ clinic buildings and a large tract of environmentally protected wetland and natural habitat.
The library program includes separate areas for fiction, youth collection, teen, adult fiction, non-fiction and reference collections. Additional unique public program spaces include an extensive local history room, a Friend's of the Library shop, a business center and a large community meeting room. The program is distributed on two floors linked by a two-story atrium and grand stair. The first floor is designed to allow after hours use of community areas. The first floor contains the youth areas overlooking neighboring wetlands. The second floor is home to young adult, reference, and adult collections and an intimate quiet reading room with a fireplace and wetland views. Extensive custom millwork, stone, and masonry are used throughout the public areas to help create various cozy nooks that encourage patrons to linger and read.
The facility includes an integrated door control and CCTV monitoring system that is linkable to the local police station, and HVAC controls that can be remotely monitored and controlled from City Maintenance. Other technology includes a unique RFID book return/sorter system, drive-up service window, 24/7 public access to lockers to retrieve materials placed on hold, and an extensive wireless network that provides not only Internet access for portable computers, but also automatically provides library catalog search capability to palm PC's.
The Library is a steel structure with steel joists and cold formed trusses. This design minimized columns to allow the flexibility of stack layouts, and allowed routing of mechanicals in the truss space and lowering of the roof to increase the horizontal feel of the building. The enclosure consists of brick and stone veneer, dimensional shingles, decorative metal panels, and a custom colored aluminum clad wood window system with hardwood interior frames and trim.
DIV 04: Brick: The Belden Brick
DIV 07: Shingles: Certainteed
DIV 08: Windows, Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: Eagle Windows & Doors.
DIV 09: Carpet: Shaw, Bentley, Masland, J & J; VCT: Armstrong, Mannington; Paint: Sherwin
DIV 14: Elevator: ThyssenKrupp.
DIV 16: Lighting: Visa, Tech Lighting, Lithonia.