Mamaroneck Public Library

In September 2011, BKSK Architects completed a substantial $12 million reworking of the Mamaroneck Public Library, including a restoration of the historic 1927 Reading Room, a complete reconfiguration of the existing layout and a sizable expansion wing. The library has expanded twice in the past to better serve the community, though with some loss of coherence as a facility. This most recent upgrade is carefully conceived to create a welcoming and legible library complex, symbolic of the village center’s burgeoning vitality yet respectful of its historic fabric. Initially, many members of the Library Board were concerned that the existing structures were too outmoded for reuse, that their presence might hinder necessary growth. BKSK articulated the importance, and the viability, of preserving both the beloved Reading Room as well as the interesting core of its 1960s-era addition while creating an energy efficient, technologically savvy, thoroughly contemporary new library. The 13,000 square foot new wing, in concert with reconfiguration and restoration work, knits the Library’s diverse elements into a coherent whole and signals its continued civic importance as a knowledge center. In recognition of the community’s sense of civic responsibility, and in line with BKSK’s commitment to environmental leadership, the new library incorporates energy-efficient building systems, materials and methods, including a 1,100 s.f. green roof with native, adaptive plantings, aggressive water saving strategies, high performance wall construction, locally-sourced materials, and environmentally-sensitive, non-toxic finishes – all elements that qualifies the Library for its pending LEED® Gold certification.

Awards/Certifications

  • LEED Certified

Location

Mammaroneck, New York, USA

Design Firm

BKSK Architects

Segment(s)

Public Sector
  Government

Products Used

2016
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