Hilliard Branch

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Hilliard Branch

Columbus Metropolitan Library

A multi-faceted customer experience

With one of the highest circulation counts in the system, the branch has been in critical need of additional space. A two-story former senior center is being re-designed to allow the branch to expand from 20,000 SF to 60,000 SF.


Key considerations for bringing natural light into the welcome area through a new atrium, the strategic use of color as a way-finding technique, moments of surprise and celebration throughout the space, and views to the outdoor landscape throughout the library provide the CML customer with the experience of being in a comfortable, light-filled, wooded retreat.


The DesignGroup team turned the challenges of the existing building into opportunities for invention and celebration; for example, reimagining existing structural cross-bracing into dynamic reading nooks in the Children’s, Tween and Adult areas or cutting a large opening in the existing floor to create a new light-well enhanced by a gracious grand stair to the second floor.


The library serves all age groups and includes a large computer lab, Homework Help Center, Ready for Kindergarten space, meeting and study rooms, multiple gathering areas and a café.

Size:
60,000 SF
Completion:
2018
Project Size 60 Thousand SF
Project Completion 2018
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