Weber County Main Library, Weber County Library System, UT | New Landmark Libraries 2019

Weber County Main Library, a branch of the Weber County Library System, UT, is one of four honorable mentions for New Landmark Libraries for 2019. The project reclaimed 110,000 and added 5,000 square feet of the 1968 library, recognized by Preservation Utah as an exemplar of New Formalist design and mid-century modern architecture.

Originally constructed in 1968, the Weber County Main Library in Ogden, UT, is recognized by Preservation Utah as an exemplar of New Formalist design and mid-century modern architecture. In 2012, when the library initiated the renovation process, the team sought to meet contemporary needs and provide significant structural updates while preserving its historic significance. Illustrating that re-investment in historic designs can yield sustainable and functional results, the project reclaimed 110,000 square feet by relocating administrative functions to another building and adding 5,000 new square feet for public use. “Carefully planned and designed with significant public input, the library supports a variety of programs reaching diverse users, ranging from inner-city school children to researchers at nearby Weber State University,” says Robert Herman of EDA Architects. Designed to LEED Gold standards, the renovated library features a café, makerspace, art gallery, immersive digital gaming space, and a 200-seat multipurpose space. Structural upgrades include seismic reinforcement, LED fixtures, and acoustically perforated gypsum board that simulates the original ceilings. Expanded and updated restrooms are ADA compliant and offer all gender options and lactation rooms. A new entrance that opens to the adjacent park improves pedestrian access, creating a user-centered experience. Photo by Jonathan Hickerson


VITALS

ARCHITECT EDA

CATEGORY Renovation

COST $17 million

SIZE 55,680 square feet

DATE 2018

AWARDS National Register of Historic Places

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