Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designed a new 27,000-s.f. branch library for Rifle, Colorado as well as an expansion for the Parachute Library in Garfield County on Colorado's Western Slope. The Rifle Branch Library is located in the heart of the historic downtown, adjacent the current City Hall.
Early exploration of alternatives found significant benefits in locating the library and City Hall in a shared building. This will offer several opportunities, including reduced construction and operating costs, coordinated services for citizens, more site space for park and plaza uses, and increased opportunity for sustainable systems within a larger building. This discovered opportunity is an example of BRS’s belief that leadership from the design team in exploring opportunities and presenting choices is important in assuring best value in public projects.
The project began construction in fall 2009, with library completion in November 2010. With the LEED® Gold certified Rifle Branch Library, the city and library district aim to showcase Rifle as a center of sustainable leadership.