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  Willie Morris Library


Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons/Ltd.
3780 Interstate 55 North, Jackson, MS 39211

General Description

Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Date Bid: May 2004 Construction Period: Sep 2004 to Nov 2006
Total Square Feet: 14,000 Site: 1.755 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 14,000; total, 14,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’; total, 20’. 
Basic Construction Type: Steel Frame/New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, cypress wood soffits & siding. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group - 220 Great Circle Road, #106, Nashville, TN 37228
General Contractor: Brashears, Inc. - P. O. Box 2709, Madison, MS 39130
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons/Ltd. - 3780 Interstate 55 North, Jackson, MS 39211
Civil Engineer: Spencer-Engineers, Inc. - P. O. Box 4328, Jackson, MS 39296

Willie Morris Library

The Willie Morris Library in Jackson, Mississippi is located on land donated to the City of Jackson by the Entergy Corporation for the sole purpose of providing a permanent building for the city’s most utilized library branch. The narrow, wooded site is situated next to an ox-bow pond that is recharged by nearby Hanging Moss Creek. The architectural design draws inspiration from the trees and vegetation that are common to the site as well as the region. Architectural standing seam roofing, mixed shades of jumbo brick, and details of cypress wood on the siding and exterior soffit fuse modern elements with the regional vernacular.

Unique design features ensure an informative and enjoyable experience for library patrons. Oversized glazing allows a visual melding of the wooded area surrounding the building with the interior of the library. Clerestories protected by overhangs provide copious southern light to the reading area. Patrons are offered a variety of seating options from comfortable sofas to more traditional tables and chairs as well as computer alcoves for word processing and Internet access. The children’s collection area plays on the outdoor, woodland vocabulary incorporating forest creature footprints in the design of the carpet, tree-shaped cutouts in the furniture and a “cloud” canopy to foster imagination and curiosity.

A “flying gutter” feature collects and transports approximately thirty percent of roof water to the ox-bow pond next to the building creating an uncommon waterfall on rainy days. Circulations have increased by approximately 30% and the building is poised for more volume and service expansion.   


DIV. 7: Metal: Architectural Building Components.
DIV. 8: Windows, Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall: Vistawall; Hardware: Sargent.
DIV. 9: Acoustical: Armstrong; Wallcoverings: MDC; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Carpet: Atlas; VCT: Armstrong. 
DIV. 26: Lighting: Linear, Lithonia, Gotham.

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