In most great cities, the library system plays a key role in the educational and cultural growth of a community. Many feel that libraries are among the last of the true “public commons.” They are places where all citizens are welcome and places in which citizens feel ownership and civic pride. Unfortunately, in recent years, Jacksonville’s main library and many of its branches had fallen short of these expectations. Aged and deteriorating, the existing main library could no longer meet the needs of Jacksonville’s citizens. Lack of space made it impossible to expand collections and the existing main library had limited services.
Heery was retained to provide program management services for the development of this $150 million project, consisting of the main library, six new branch libraries and 12 existing libraries that have been expanded or improved to better meet the civic and cultural needs of the neighborhood. In addition, Heery provided commissioning for the 400,000 SF Main Library and the two largest Branch Libraries for the new Jacksonville Library program.
Key to commissioning was the need for an opening day facility with fully operational systems due to the high profile nature of the project. Particular emphasis was placed on comfort and safety for the public, and maintaining acceptable temperature and humidity for the materials in the library.
Key components of this program include the following:
443,500 SF new buildings; 212,105 SF renovations