Urbana Free Library.

Project Description

Government and Cultural

Urbana Free Library

IGW provided planning, design and construction phase services to the City of Urbana for the expansion and renovation of the Urbana Free Library.  The project involved a 27,000 square foot addition to and remodeling of the 1918 Samuel T. Busey building and its mid-70’s addition.  The new addition houses the expanded Adult, Children’s and Archive departments which allowed 30,000 square feet of existing space to be reorganized for better delivery of library services and enhanced user amenities.

The scale, materiality and detailing of the addition were compatible with the original landmark structure including the limestone cladding and signature arched windows. Site work included new utilities, expanded parking, drive-up book drop and accessible entrance linked to downtown Urbana via a pedestrian plaza framed by an architectural gateway.

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