Cultural, Civic, & Arts, Environmental Graphics & Branding

Crete Public Library

BVH Architecture was hired to design and construct a brand new library, community center, and technology space after a bond issuance was approved in November of 2016. The proposed 20,000 sq. ft. facility is designed to leverage collaboration with the Crete park system. The site, an entire city block with a 20-foot grade change, facilitates the opportunity to nestle a portion of the building into the earth.

Carving the building into the site provides a unique lawn platform for events, learning vistas, and playscape nodes while creating respectful parkscape views for the surrounding suburban neighborhood.

Through an extensive community engagement process, three main goals were identified: to create a diversity of spaces and programs that promote lifelong learning, encourage innovation, and facilitate community connections.

New programs implemented in the design include a 200 person community room with after-hours access that doubles as a storm shelter, a cafe space for community socialization, a variety of study and conference rooms, a makerspace, a dedicated children’s program room, and a drive-up book drop.

Photography by Dana Damewood Photography

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