Keith Summey Branch, Charleston County Public Library
The existing Cooper River Memorial Library opened in 1948, with a notable enlargement in the 1970s and various renovations over the years. As the current facility could no longer provide for the North Charleston community’s needs, CCPL sought to build a new 15,000 SF stand-alone library on a lot directly adjacent to the existing facility and name it after the mayor of North Charleston. As Architect of Record, McMillan PazdanSmith worked in direct partnership with M.B. Kahn Construction on this design-build project.
The main public area in the library features ample views and exterior natural light thanks to the north-facing, high, clerestory windows. Situated to maximize northern sunlight, the building features a perfect blend of brick, metal panel storefront, and curtain wall windows. Sun shading devices protect from heat gain on the southern façade.
The large, dividable meeting room holds over 100 people, and the group study rooms, 15 computer stations, computer instruction classrooms, and makerspaces offer the community significant opportunities to use the facility. A self-contained children’s area includes a dedicated program room, 14 computer stations, a family restroom, a nursing room, and an enclosed patio for outdoor programming. Additionally, a young adult area offers patio access for study, gaming, homework, and hanging out.