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Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Building Program Update
April 2015

The Library System is engaged in a $275 million building program, funded by a library bond referendum approved by Fulton County voters in 2008. The project is divided into two phases.

Phase I of the Library Building Program consists of 10 projects, 8 new libraries – Alpharetta, East Roswell, Metropolitan, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, and Wolf Creek – and 2 expanded libraries – Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and South Fulton – with a total budget of $167 million; these dollars include everything from design and construction to funding for collections.  

Now Open!
We have opened the first three of our new libraries, with more on the way.

Wolf Creek Branch
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The Grand Opening of the new Wolf Creek Branch was held on September 8, 2014. Click here for library hours. The library is located at 3100 Enon Road SW, Atlanta 30331, an area not previously served by a library.

Click here for timeline of photos and more information on the project.
Click here for the Wolf Creek Library art project.

About the Branch:

Leo A. Daly Co. provided design and engineering services for the new library. Hogan Construction Group, LLC provided construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell was the program management team.

With a striking copper-colored metal paneled exterior, stacked stone details and nestled on a ridge in a wooded landscape, the new 25,000-square-foot library is unique and reflects its community. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provide an expansive view of nature, and allow tremendous natural light into the building. There is a large meeting room area, study rooms, a music room and separate spaces for teens and for children.

Palmetto Branch
Palmetto Branch Library
The Grand Opening of the new Palmetto Branch was held on December 15, 2014. Click here for library hours. The library is located at 9111 Cascade Palmetto Highway, Palmetto, GA 30268, an area not previously served by a library.

Click here for timeline of photos and more information on the project.
Click here for the Palmetto Library art project.

About the Branch:

Houser Walker Architecture provided design and engineering services for the new library. New South Construction provided construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell was the program management team.

The new 10,000-square-foot Palmetto Library is imagined as a series of ‘rooms’ or small buildings nestled within a semi-rural landscape. Drawing on vernacular structures from the region, it features large rooms, corresponding to the major functions of the Library. A nearby barn provided inspiration for the overall form of the building, which responds to specific views, solar characteristics, and functional requirements of each defined room. Materials used for the exterior of the library draw upon the legacy of building in the entire Palmetto/Chattahoochee Hills region, while reinforcing the civic character of the structure. The structure will age well and give a rich patina to the building as time passes. 

East Roswell Branch
East Roswell Rendering

The Grand Opening of the new East Roswell Branch was held on February 20, 2015. Click here for library hours. The library is located at 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076. 

Click here for timeline of photos and more information on the project.
Click here for the East Roswell Library art project.

About the Branch:

KHAFRA Engineering Consultants, in association with Holzheimer Bolek Meehan Architects, provided design and engineering services for the new library. Ajax Building Corporation of Georgia provided construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell was the program management team.

The library’s design centers around a connection with its wooded surroundings creating a functional library space within a canopy of trees. The use of natural materials such as stone and wood combined with the large expanses of glass filter the boundary between the exterior and interior spaces of the library while providing views to patrons looking out from within the building. A welcoming covered bridge entry leads visitors into the space where they are immediately presented with views through the building and into the natural landscape beyond. The community will enjoy and use its meeting room, study rooms and separate spaces for children and teens.

 

Follow Our Progress:
Alpharetta Library
Alpharetta Branch
Cooper Carry, in association with Vines Architecture. 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Click here for construction updates.

 
Auburn Avenue Research Library Atrium Section
Auburn Avenue Research Library
JWRA/Freelon, a joint venture comprised of J. W. Robinson & Associates and Freelon Group, Inc. 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

Click here for construction updates.


Metropolitan Branch
Metropolitan Branch
Smith Dalia Architects in association with Craig Gaulden Davis and Ai3; 1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310

Click here for construction updates.

Milton Branch
Milton Branch
Stevens & Wilkinson, in association with 720 Design; 855 Mayfield Road, Milton, GA 30009

Click here for construction updates.

Each library project includes a public art component, through the Fulton County Public Art Program. Click here for more information on the art project for the Milton Library.


NW Library Rendering
Northwest Atlanta Branch
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, in association with The Freelon Group Architects; 2489 Perry Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318 

Click here for construction updates.


Southeast Branch
Southeast Atlanta Branch
Stanley, Love-Stanley, P.C., in association with Craig Gaulden Davis; 1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta, GA 30315


South Fulton Branch
McAfee3 Architects, in association with Craig Gaulden Davis. 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, GA 30291

Individuals and businesses interested in opportunities available with the library projects and other county procurements should contact the Fulton County Department of Purchasing & Contract Compliance at 404-612-5800.

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