Archive for Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Library board selects architecture firm

November 26, 2003

Citing the company's previous history in designing libraries, the Basehor Community Library Board of Trustees selected an architecture firm to design its proposed new facility.

The board selected Glenn, Livingood, Penzler and Miller Architects Inc., a Lawrence based company since 1957. Board of trustees members lauded the firm for its extensive design experience, especially when it comes to libraries.

The firm 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.

Originally, the board of trustees sent out 10 requests for qualifications and that list was eventually whittled to three firms. The board of trustees and library officials spent all-day interview sessions with firm architects and made several on-site visits to buildings designed by each company.

After reviewing the work of the Lawrence firm, the decision to hire the firm became evident, said Janice Garcia, library board president.

"This firm was the one everybody wanted," Garcia said. "I think we all had a very good feeling about them and their work."

A wine and cheese reception from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at HolyField Winery in Basehor has been scheduled to greet the architects working on the project. The reception is open to the public.

Approximately two acres of land on 158th Street, near the Prairie Gardens development, is designated to the library for a new facility. Ray and Anne Breur donated the ground for the new library.

There is no fixed cost for the new construction as of yet. The library board would have to obtain voter approval for a bond issue to pay for the new facility.

Garcia said the board of trustees is considering April for a bond issue proposal.

The architects and the board of trustees will meet in a work session Thursday, Dec. 4 to discuss needs and requirements for the new facility. A final design of the new library should be ready by February, Garcia said.

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