– The Library Design Collaborative, a Joint Venture comprised of Baton Rouge Architects; Cockfield Jackson, Tipton Associates and PSA Dewberry, has met recently to evaluate the progress of the new Main Library at Independence Park. the team is eager to break ground on the project, which has been underway for almost half a decade. The $43.5 million dollar project has been through many design iterations and has had a high community involvement. The new three story library will act as a centerpiece for the park, allowing for an intimate relation to nature and connection to the site. The existing building will be demolished and serve as a parking lot, from which patrons will enter the proposed 100,000-square-foot library through a partially covered pedestrian quad called Thought Square, which will also provide access to an adjacent cyber cafe and botanic gardens on the north side of the park.
Baton Rouge, LA, USA – April 24, 2010
Currently the Library Design Collaborative is focused on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) details of the project, which they attribute to the delay of construction. Well worth the wait, the accreditation will ensure the thoughtful design that will produce an efficient and beautiful library that will serve as the hub for the East Baton Rouge public library system. Below are some of the LEED accreditation points at hand.