MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS BRANCH
CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
The new library serves as an anchor for the development of a bold new masterplan for Middleburg Heights. The local mayor was very involved in the design review process because this new library is a benchmark for expressing the City’s vision for the architectural style of this development. By working closely with the City and Library we were able to implement the Library’s program for a highly functional 21st century library within the unique constraints needed to pass City approvals. The prominent location of this new library building along a major road, supports the greater vision of both the City and CCPL.
The Middleburg Heights community currently has the largest population of people living with autism in CCPL’s service area. Our team worked with a consultant to develop a design, layout and color palette that are sympathetic to those with autism and how they experience the world around them. Windows throughout the library feature shades with daylight sensors to prevent extreme sunlight from entering the space. Additionally, the Children’s Area features interactive elements that support early literacy development and motor skills for autistic children. The Library has also posted a video to their website for this branch that demonstrates the experience of entering the building to prepare these patrons for what they will encounter.
The building’s stately exterior contains a dynamic and technology-rich interior environment. The soaring central volume of the library serves as a dramatic focal point for the building. The open floor plan is laid out with a hierarchy of spaces for natural sound mitigation as you move through the building. Large windows along the rear of the building capture views of an adjacent park that is currently in development. There is a connection from the Children’s Area to the park to take advantage of the outdoor space for programming opportunities.
This library also incorporates intuitive technology for both staff and patrons that is not always immediately visible such as staff using Surface Pro tablets instead of being tethered to desktop computers. Additional features include: a drive-up service window and book drop, self-service café space with seating that is conveniently adjacent to study rooms, a mobile gaming station for the Teen Area, Storytime Room, Fireplace reading area, and a vast array of outlets expanding access to power for patrons.
This building is pursuing LEED Silver Certification.
HBM ￨ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer