Midpointe Library – Trenton Branch Renovation
The Trenton Branch of the Midpointe Library System had outgrown its original, 1500 sf building. Needed improvements and amenities, including additional parking and community and study rooms, could not physically or economically be incorporated at the original location. Seeking room to expand, the library found an existing building within the community with ample space for its growing needs.
The design team was asked to renovate an existing, pre-engineered metal building–previously used as a daycare center–into a full-service branch library. The new facility is more than twice the size of the library’s previous home, yet operates with no increase in staff. To accomplish this, the renovation located the circulation desk centrally, with direct lines of sight to all key areas of the library and easily accessible by patrons. The interior of the library is highly functional, emphasizing the quality of acoustics and lighting. It offers a variety of multi-purpose spaces while providing a contemporary feel with abundant open area, and casual seating.
Renovating the exterior without compromising the integrity of the inflexible structure of the pre-engineered building proved challenging. The renovation addressed this by providing a new entry vestibule with a tall, easily-identifiable façade but with a low roof to avoid interfering with the existing roof structure. Practically, the new vestibule is rotated to make the entrance more visible when approaching the building. Functionally, the rotation helps separate pedestrians from the drive-through book drop.