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Charlottesville, Virginia

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From a butler building warehouse to new library branch this adaptive re-use project brings new life to a tired old building

The 80,000 SF design maintains an entrance from Capitol Street but also adds a new fully ADA accessible entry from Summer Street with direct access to all floors of the library. In addition, a skywalk connects to an adjacent parking garage. Part of emphasizing this destination along Capitol Street involved the incorporation of a reflecting pool, flexible outdoor seating, and the opportunity to use the new plaza for events. It was important that we preserve the original, classical building style while making the Kanawha County Public Library a national case study in the renovation and expansion of a traditional urban library.


HBM │ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer

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