LINC

Greeley, Colorado

Located on the block of 6th Street and 8th Avenue, the LINC will extend the downtown and become a hub of activity for the High Plains Library District. In keeping with the theme of confluence and the importance of water in the region, the exterior perforated metal screen is inspired by the northern Colorado watershed district.

LocationGreeley, Colorado

ClientHigh Plains Library District

TypeLibrary, Cultural

CategoryMultigenerational, Renovation, Other

Size42,000 renovation
22,000 expansion

Completion2023

Partners

Named after the newspaper publisher and co-founder of the Union Colony, Horace Greeley, the Greeley Tribune building was built in 1986. Custom built for their needs as their second newspaper headquarters, totaling 42,000 square feet, it housed offices, journalists, printing presses, and distribution.

Through a people-inspired process the themes of transformation, confluence, and discovery shaped our design thought. Inspired by the nearby intersection of the Cache la Poudre River and the South Platte River, the lobby represents the confluence as the meeting point between the library, the innovation hall, and the children’s museum while figuratively it represents the coming together of people and ideas in a new public building.

Process

A 22,000 square foot addition will wrap the original building transforming it into a community center that includes a library, innovation center, events space, classrooms, and a children's museum. Floor plans show how a newspaper press becomes an innovation center, how packaging becomes the children's library, how the offices become the stacks for books, how the circular lobby becomes inspiration for the courtyard and how the children's museum will live on the second level. Now known as the LINC (Library INnovation Center) it is scheduled to open in 2023.

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