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Lanark Public Library - Hart Garage Building Adaptive Re-Use

The Lanark Public Library currently operates out of an extremely crowded, shared space with the Lanark City Hall in north western Illinois.  PHN is working with the Lanark Public Library to explore the possibility of converting a former Chevrolet dealership in the downtown area into a new Library.

PHN staff worked closely with the Library Director, Library Board, and the Library's building consultant to develop a plan to transform a dated garage into a state-of-the-art new Library.  The building's facade will be given new life in an economical manner through a creative synthesis of existing and new materials.  Inside, the garage's wide-open space creates a wonderful blank canvas for a new Library.  PHN developed a plan for a new 3,600 square foot library space with dedicated Adult, Young Adult, and Children's Services areas, computer and technology areas, and areas for lounge and study seating. The plan was carefully developed to ensure that the entire facility can  be supervised by one individual at the circulation and reference desk.

By re-using a currently vacant building, Lanark Public Library is sustainably using existing community resources and eliminating many of the environmental impacts of new building construction.  Sustainable features such as occupant-sensing lighting, low-VOC finish materials, FSC certified wood, locally harvested and manufacturered building materials, and high recycled content / rapdily renewable materials are being considered throughout the project.  Furniture selected for the project will be Greengaurd certified wherever possible.

As part of our scope of work, PHN is developing detailed cost estimates for the work. As some of the interior finish work may be completed with volunteer forces, PHN has identified required infrastructure improvements and possible phased improvements separately to assist the Library in planning and budgeting for their new facility.

Construction of the new Library is currently planned for Fall of 2009.

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