This renovation project hinged on the successful design of the original library, which DFDG completed in 1997. Working closely with the City Library Director and Assistant Director, the DFDG team understood the need for maximum efficiency and flexibility to be built into its public areas, allowing key programs to shrink, grow, or evolve over time. This previously designed flexibility required zero demolition to all the reprogrammed spaces and allowed upgrades to the technology infrastructure, fitting right into the new layout.
The library’s renovation and redesigned spaces included creating a new single circulation/reference desk; redesign of the children’s area; a new multi-use public meeting / story-time room; and new interior finishes and colors. The public art from the original design was maintained with open views into a protected courtyard. The Phoenix Library has said this is their most operationally efficient library in the system.