Feasibility Study + Design
The 29,000-s.f. central library for the city of Loveland opened in the fall of 1987. As part of the Civic Center complex, it shares the site with the Hatfield-Chilson Recreation/Senior Center and Civic Center buildings. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designed the recreation/senior center and was co-designer of the Civic Center master plan.
The library concept was to combine a comfortable scale with the adjacent residential neighborhood, with a civic face to the site’s interior spaces. The daylit “galleria” space connects the building entry to the service desk and portals to the collection areas. The children’s library and adult collections each have daylit service points as well. Other features include a children’s program room, community meeting space, and reading porch overlooking Civic Center Park.