CLIENT: DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY
ARCHITECT: FGM ARCHITECTS
LOCATION: DETROIT, MI (MAIN BRANCH)
TYPE: GENERAL CONTRACTING SERVICES
The Detroit Public Library Construction Project at 5201Woodward Avenue involved renovations to the first and second levels of the Main Branch South Wing totaling 33,554 square feet of space. This renovation included all new ceilings, light fixtures, flooring, wall paneling, furniture, two fireplaces and restoration of existing wood paneling and book casings.
In response to the Owner’s request to analyze the functional layout of the “boxlike” floor plans at both levels and differing study trends, the Architect developed a concept that provided for a variety of spaces for study and conversation. These series of “living-room-like” areas were defined by floor tile patterns and geometric, textural ceiling systems.
The centrally located service desks at both levels were crowned by a wooden, dropped ceiling made of Khaya Mahogany, a reddish-brown hardwood species native to East, West and Central Africa.
Two fireplaces were added to the renovated area, one at the east end of each floor, and decorated in bright, colorful tiles. These “living-room-like” areas were also “crowned” with Khaya Mahogany drop ceilings and surrounded by cushy chairs and couches clad in colorful fabrics and rich textures.
The completed renovation achieved the goal of transforming large open spaces that were once filled with outdated tables and chairs into flexible study and social areas with modern, ergonomic furnishings. With the use of modern techniques in engineering and architecture along with proficient construction management, the South Wing Renovation was completed in a timely manner and within the project’s budget.