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Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Building Program Update
August 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, 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 six 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

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.

Northwest Branch at Scotts Crossing 
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The Grand Opening of the new Northwest Branch at Scotts Crossing was held on July 9, 2015. Click here for library hours. The library is located at 2489 Perry Boulevard, Atlanta 30318.

Click here for a timeline of photos and more information on the project.

Click here for the Northwest Branch at Scotts Crossing art project.

 

About the Branch:

Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, in association with Perkins + Will, provided design and engineering services for the new library. BenchMark-Brasfield & Gorrie provided construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell was the program management team.

This library is a welcoming destination that responds to the unique characteristics of a large wooded site, drawing form and material inspiration from the adjacent area where industrial context meets smaller established neighborhoods. The entry plaza engages the intersection of Hollywood Road and Perry Boulevard with a transparent entry, sculpture and a landscaped courtyard area that provides outdoor seating. The large volume of the stack area houses the public spaces and prioritizes natural light with skylights and views to the surrounding natural area. The interior is open and inviting with a mix of vibrant color and warm wood surfaces. Unique spaces are provided for children, teens, business start-ups and all patrons. This library will replace service at the former Perry Homes and Bowen/Bankhead Libraries.


Milton Branch 
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The Grand Opening of the new Milton Branch was held on July 16, 2015. Click here for library hours. The library is located at 855 Mayfield Road, Milton 30009, an area not previously served by a library.

Click here for construction updates. 
Click here 
for more information on the art project for the Milton Library.

Stevens & Wilkinson, in association with 720 Design, provided design and engineering services for the new library. Turner Construction Company provided construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell was the program management team.

This state-of-the-art library was designed as four distinct building forms inspired by the Milton area’s equestrian and agrarian vernacular. The larger reading and community room wings use sloped, gabled roofs, awnings, clerestory windows and porches. The generous use of glass allows for views out to the community green and historic oak while allowing views in from the street. The third building form is the low-height connector between the community and reading room wings that includes patron and building support. The fourth component is the entrance ‘silo’ and lobby which, with its higher roof line, helps orient patrons through a unique landmark as the building entrance. The interior layout was designed to maximize useable area and ease of use for patrons while providing constant visual connection to the outdoors. 

Alpharetta Branch 
Alpharetta Branch

The Grand Opening of the new Alpharetta Branch was held on July 30, 2015. Click here for library hours. The library is located at 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009.

Click here for a timeline of photos and more information on the project.
Click here for the Alpharetta Branch art project.

Cooper Carry, in association with Vines Architecture, provided design and engineering services for the new library. Moss & Associates provided construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell was the program management team.

The two-level library creates a defining front porch to the Alpharetta City Center and embraces the park-like setting as it welcomes patrons to the variety of spaces and places within. The two levels of the building both feature public entries, and are connected internally by an open central stair. The library features convenient access to upper level collections, computer areas, reading, meeting, study and conference rooms. The lower level includes a variety of children’s program space, an auditorium, lobby and support spaces accessible through a central plaza entry. The brick exterior, cast stone features, large windows and extensive landscaping create a welcoming environment consistent with the ongoing growth of Alpharetta City Center.

 

Follow Our Progress:
 
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

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

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Southeast Branch

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

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

Click here for construction updates.

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 404-612-5800alt.

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