WESTLAKE PORTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
In 2002 HBM Architects designed the addition to the Westlake Porter Public Library. 15 years after the major expansion by our firm, we were again engaged to provide updating in key traffic areas and the Youth Services area. The HBM team provided design services to re-imagine these areas as well as create a quiet reading area and new entry experience with a smaller greeting station.
Focusing on these key areas gave the library the most impact on a fixed budget. Phasing the construction work in a way to keep the library open during the process gave patrons the least amount of disruption to their library use. By re-imagining the entry area, HBM was able to infuse new material displays, self-checkout kiosks, queueing organization and traffic flow in a way to improve customer service, merchandising of materials and the overall patron experience upon entering the facility.
The Youth area was a key target for the project. Updating all the finishes, reorganizing the children’s and teen areas created more varied type of seating for studying and collaboration as well as reorganized shelving for better material browsing. The children’s space included a lively Cleveland Skyline themed interactive play area. Throughout the project the design incorporated color and pattern changes in the carpet and wall color to create a hierarchy of space and visual organization for a more intuitive patron experience.