Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2003

Public meets library’s architecture firm

December 11, 2003

The architects selected to design a proposed new Basehor Community Library met the public for the first time Tuesday night at HolyField Winery in Basehor.

Last month, the Basehor Community Library Board of Trustees selected the firm of Glen, Livingood, Penzler and Miller Architects Inc., a Lawrence-based company since 1957, to design its proposed new facility. The firm's extensive experience in library design proved the overriding factor in their selection for the Basehor project, the board of trustees said.

On Tuesday night, firm owners Dale Glen, who will spearhead design of the Basehor project, and David Livingood answered questions from those attending the event.

Glen said his firm has no fixed plans for the library as of yet but that affordability and the needs of the community would weigh heavily into the design.

There is no set price affixed to the proposed library, however, the new building will range in size between 20,000 and 25,000 square feet, Glen said.

The current library, 2812 N. 155th Street, has approximately 3,500 square feet of usable space.

Library board president Janice Garcia said she was encouraged by the public's attendance of Tuesday night's meeting and by the positive sentiment many seemed to have concerning the new library.

"I felt like everyone was very receptive," Garcia said. "There were a lot of questions asked and that's good. That's exactly what we wanted to have happen."

The Board of Trustees also recognized the contributions of Basehor businessman Ray Breuer Tuesday night. Breuer and his wife, Anne, donated two acres of land on 158th Street for the new library.

To build the new library, the public must first approve a bond issue. The vote for the bond issue will most likely occur in April, the next scheduled general election.

To meet the April election date and to adequately mount a campaign endorsing it, the library and its design firm need completed design plans by February. Dale Glen said the firm would meet that deadline.

Garcia said more events similar to Tuesday night's would be scheduled before the election and the board of trustees would host public forums to address the issue.

Glen, Livingood, Penzler and Miller Architects, Inc. has designed libraries for Free State High School in Lawrence, the Pittsburg Public Library, Girard Public Library and is currently designing a public library in Independence, Kan.

The architects also designed Hoch Auditorium at the University of Kansas and the Lawrence Arts Center.

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