The 40-year-old Pekin Public Library received a major renovation to its 33,562 square feet of space.

Pekin Public Library

Pekin, IL

A Functional Space Means an Enjoyable Library

Originally built in 1974, the Pekin Public Library hadn't been renovated or updated in its 40-year history. The library was lacking meeting and dedicated staff space. It also had rooms that were too small for their function and a second floor that was inaccessible to the public. The renovations we designed addressed the library's needs. A new elevator and central staircase were included in the design so the second floor is more easily utilized by the public. In addition, the children's area has been expanded and now has plenty of natural light and outside views. A section for young adults was created, devoting a space for crafts, computers, and games.

The main entrance was hidden in the original building design and had become a safety concern. We relocated the entrance, creating better interior and exterior visibility. Numerous private spaces have been added, including group study rooms, a quiet reading space, a computer training room, multimedia lab space, and a local history room. We created dedicated back of house staff areas that maximize the best workflow possible. In addition to the design, we also updated all mechanical and electrical systems.

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33,562

square feet

Services

  • Architecture
  • Libraries
  • Interior Design

Markets

  • State/Local

Regions

  • Midwest
  • MEP
  • architecture
  • Libraries
  • Pekin Public Library
  • Midwest
  • State/Local
  • interior design

Location

Pekin, IL

Completion Date

2015

Client

Pekin Public Library

Cost

$6,000,000