February 27, 2014

Library Board approves architect for new Dublin Branch

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Board of Trustees today unanimously approved the selection of NBBJ as the architect for the design of CML’s new Dublin Branch. The library’s aspirational building program includes 10 projects to be completed by 2020. Construction on the new Dublin Branch is expected to begin in 2015.

The current Dublin Branch, located at 75 N. High St., was constructed in 1980 and is 20,147 square feet. When completed, the new building is expected to have more than 42,000 square feet of space. NBBJ also serves as architect for the design of CML’s new Driving Park Branch, which broke ground on July 30, 2013. Additionally in progress is the construction of CML’s new Whitehall Branch, which broke ground on Sept. 10, 2013.

NBBJ creates innovative places and experiences for organizations worldwide, and designs communities, buildings and environments that enhance people's lives. Founded in 1943, NBBJ is an industry leader in healthcare and corporate facilities and has a strong presence in the commercial, civic, science, education and sports markets. It has won numerous awards and has been recognized as one of the “greenest” architecture firms in the U.S. NBBJ has more than 700 employees in 10 offices worldwide, including Beijing, Boston, Columbus, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. Clients include Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Cambridge University, Cleveland Clinic, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Google, Microsoft, Reebok, Salk Institute, Samsung, Stanford University, Starbucks and the United States General Services Administration. Visit nbbj.com for more information.

CML understands that great libraries create stronger communities, and each branch is an essential hub that reflects the unique needs of the neighborhood it serves. Some of CML’s 21 locations are 40 to 50 years old and inadequate to meet the demands of a growing 21st century community. Demands and expectations will continue to grow, along with the population of Franklin County.

CML’s aspirational building program is the result of a community-wide process that will continue to serve the needs of Franklin County well into the future. The plan is a multi-phased comprehensive blueprint that reinvents and revitalizes the entire 600,000 square feet maintained by the library.

In addition to being a vital community asset, Columbus Metropolitan Library strives to minimize its environmental footprint. With each new building or renovation project, CML plans to use sustainable building materials, incorporate glass for natural light to reduce energy costs and introduce other design and building elements friendly to the natural environment.

Phase one of CML’s aspirational building program will transform and significantly upgrade seven urban branches (Driving Park, Whitehall, Parsons, Martin Luther King, Northside, Northern Lights, Shepard) and two suburban branches (Hilliard and Dublin). In addition, changes to Main Library will represent a major investment in downtown Columbus and the Discovery District.

Visit columbuslibrary.org for more information and to track progress of CML’s ambitious building program.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.

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