The East Baton Rouge Main Library at Goodwood Honored with National 2015 Landmark Library Award


Baton Rouge, LA  – September 22, 2015 – The Main Library at Goodwood, which is part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, has been recognized with four prestigious national design awards.  The three-story, 126,000-square-foot building was designed by the Library Design Collaborative, a joint venture of Dewberry, Cockfield Jackson Architects and Tipton Associates. The four awards honoring the Main Library at Goodwood all recognize projects that demonstrate creativity, design excellence and innovation in problem-solving.

The first of the awards is the notable 2015 New Landmark Library award given by the Library Journal.  The Main Library at Goodwood is now among the few prestigious libraries nationwide honored with a New Landmark Library award for its innovative and outstanding design and for helping inform and inspire those renovating or building a library.  The accolade is given to libraries that are flexible and sustainable and also indispensable community living rooms in today’s world.

“Being selected as a 2015 New Landmark Library winner by Library Journal is a significant mark of distinction, especially since this Library also was selected as one of the few library projects to be featured in the American Libraries 2015 Library Design Showcase,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Library Director Spencer Watts. “The Landmark Library designation is a relatively new award with a very rigorous and highly competitive application process; only 11 libraries were awarded this honor. The most important thing to note is that the award is not for how the building looks but how it functions … providing wonderful spaces for engagement, access and discovery,” Watts said.

“This is a wonderful news — more reasons for citizens to be proud of the great services the Library offers and the time and care that has been taken to construct and maintain excellent buildings,” said Kizzy Payton, president of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control.  “It is a true investment in our future!”

To receive the Landmark Library accolade, libraries must be leaders in trends and standards, be the center of their community, have established productive partnerships, be creative culture catalysts, have transparent and light-filled reading spaces, be connected to the environment and embrace a building aesthetic that allows for programs, people, artwork, collections and furniture to shine..  According to the Library by Design magazine, a supplement to the Library Journal, many of the 2015 Landmark Libraries are designed in a people-centric, place-making perspective that reflect the neighborhood and the community’s “new social heart”.  It’s “a space that feels almost sacred and allows small group meetings, lectures, or quiet research and contemplation.

The Main Library at Goodwood also received the American Institute of Architects (AIABR) Rose Award for outstanding design and function, which recognizes and celebrates design excellence by local architects in the categories of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Renovation/Addition, Master Planning/Urban Design, Residential and Exquisite Detail. The design was recognized with the Member’s Choice Rose Award.  The design team for the Main Library worked with the city’s Library and park systems to develop a new Main Library located in one of the city’s premier community parks, Independence Park.

The library building was also selected as Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s Best Government/Public Buildings Project, as well as Best Overall Project of the Year, for the five-state region encompassing Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

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