If you’re interested in learning more about our ALA presentation or discussing your library design and space planning needs, contact David or Elisa, today.
David Moore, II
FAIA, ALA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Library Specialist / Higher Ed. Director
(ALA Moderator)Contact David
David is a Principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, leads the firm’s Library Design Studio, and is co-author of the book, Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices. Working exclusively with libraries for nearly 25 years, David has designed beautiful award-winning libraries throughout the Southeast, is an accomplished speaker on library planning + design, and has also authored numerous library building programs, feasibility studies, and master plans with an emphasis for identifying strategies to increase efficiency, functionality, and capacity.
IIDA, NCIDQ, Associate
Lead Interior Designer / Space Planning Expert
(ALA Speaker)Contact Elisa
Interior Designer and Studio Leader for the Library Design Team at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Elisa (BS Interior Design UT-Knoxville) has been a part of numerous planning, renovation, and new construction projects throughout the Southeast. Elisa often calls on her previous experience in healthcare design to ensure optimal durability and cleanability on her projects. She also has extensive experience in furniture design, specifications, and procurement. Her passion for libraries paired with her unique design background fuels creative design solutions with a focus on inherent resiliency and adaptability without sacrificing quality or user experience.
Our ALA Presentation
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From publications to white papers and community discussions, McMillan Pazdan Smith is expanding ideas and thought leadership for the built environment.
This new 28,000 SF library serves an expanding suburban community and is central to six local elementary schools, all within a 3-mile radius. The design showcases a large central volume that houses the primary public spaces. The interior is designed to maximize flexibility by using large, deep trusses that create a column-free floor area throughout the library.
This renovation / addition brought new life to an older facility and created an inspiring environment for patrons. An entry vestibule leads directly to the welcome desk, and patrons are greeted with new furnishings, finishes, and lighting throughout. Staff areas were redesigned for greater efficiency, and the library gained two group study rooms, a designated teen area, a quiet reading area, and technology spaces.
The updated program reflects the changing needs of the library and its community. Our facility assessment resulted in a complete renovation of the 24,700 SF building, including a 1,000 SF building addition. Flexible seating and book displays encourage conversation and a large community space is used for hosting lectures, performances, library programs, and other community events.
McMillan Pazdan Smith was commissioned by the University to develop a Master Plan for the entire library to guide its evolution. When donor funding became available, the Learning Commons became the first phase of renovation work. The space includes individual technology stations, group study rooms, a new café, and a presentation preparation / rehearsal area.
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