Architect: Richard Kennedy Architects | Photography: Mark Boiseclair
Asante Branch Library
client: City of Surprise, Maricopa County
size: 10,000 SF
delivery method: Design Build
architect: Richard Kennedy Architects
contractor: Haydon Building Corp.
- 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.