In early 2017, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library considered the future of what their North County Regional Library branch in Huntersville, NC could and would become. In preparation for this significant renovation / addition project, they engaged our firm to provide programming and visioning services.
The preliminary scope included the assessment of the existing building, its furniture, finishes, and equipment. Our team hosted program development sessions with library staff, administrators, and several public community organizations, which focused on existing spaces and programs + activities that currently occur at the library. After establishing a mission statement and general vision, the renovation program was defined to meet the community’s needs by addressing the following key areas:
- A vibrant community living room and café
- A large community meeting room
- An enhanced children’s area
- An enhanced teen area
- Group collaboration and makerspaces
- Quiet space
- Improved staff workspaces, including AMH
- Computer instruction room
- Enhanced technology spaces
- Outdoor program area
- Drive-up book drop
The updated program reflects the changing needs of the library and its community. This 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. The Children’s and Teen Areas are enhanced and private, which allows for creativity and learning. Messy Makerspace is suitable for activities such as painting, sewing, and computer repair. A Quiet Room is ideal for quiet reading or studying. Staff received new and improved workspaces, new lounge, and support spaces. Technology was incorporated throughout the library, however a dedicated Business Incubator includes general-use computer stations, a Genius Bar, and reservable workstations.
The project completed in October 2019.