Renovation & Addition
In 2011, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture developed a feasibility study for the expansion and renovation of the central branch in the Mesa County Public Library District. Prior efforts to garner voter approval of a new library had twice failed, whereas the resulting proposal achieved a virtually new facility for a mere $5.5 million, with approximately 31,250 square feet of renovation and a 12,600-square-foot addition.
The existing building began life as a grocery store in the 1950’s and was renovated and repurposed for library use in 1973. The new design brings a bold new public face to the building along Grand Junction’s major thoroughfare. A diagonal spine connects old and new spaces to bring dynamic entries, operating efficiencies and daylight into the interiors, while a sweeping, curved façade faces downtown. A new community meeting space with a walled and shaded patio brings all-hours vitality to the highly trafficked library. The City and Downtown Development Authority have embraced the design’s urban qualities and have consequently provided funding for many of the project’s exterior public features.
The project achieved New Construction certification and a Three Green Globes® rating by the Green Building Institute for its energy-efficient design and construction.