Architect: Richard Kennedy Architects | Photography: Mark Boiseclair

Asante Branch Library

Surprise, Arizona

client: City of Surprise, Maricopa County

completion: 01/2020

size: 10,000 SF

cost: $4.5M

delivery method: Design Build

architect: Richard Kennedy Architects

contractor: Haydon Building Corp.


relevant services:

  • library program verification
  • library planning
  • interior finish selections + design
  • interior sketch-up modeling
  • interior elevation design of built-in millwork
  • FF+E budget analysis
  • FF+E furniture selections + specifications

This new library project includes design and construction of a new 10,000 SF single-story branch library within Asante Park. The library incorporates creative and signature architecture to make a bold civic statement of innovation. It includes multiple study rooms, designated children’s, teens’ and adults’ reading rooms, a multi-purpose makerspace, and administrative areas. The facility will also contain a centralized and approachable service desk and work area, a café/snack area, secured equipment rooms for electronic equipment, a marketplace area for browsing, lounge seating, and an audiovisual collection. Interior spaces were designed to be flexible and sustainable for community interaction, collaboration, collections and multiple purposes, and to be adaptable as library services and technology evolve. The library also incorporates the latest technology in self-check, book detection, sorting, library security, as well as a full suite of the latest AV systems. Being constructed in an existing, busy park, physical linkages and aesthetic connection between the building, park, and exiting parking lot were important site design considerations.

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