Branching Out, December 2017

Openings abound: new Archives and Research Center (ARC) addition Texas State University, San Marcos's STAR Park; revamped Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NY; renovated Shippensburg Public Library, PA; and more new construction and renovation news from the December 2017 issue of Library Journal.

September 20 marked the opening of the new Archives and Research Center (ARC) addition to the Science, Technology and Advanced Research Park (STAR Park) at Texas State University, San Marcos, the third facility run by the University Libraries. The 14,000 square foot, $15,415,900 project, led by Harrison Kornberg Architects, began in May 2016. The climate-controlled center will house decades’ worth of institutional resources. There will be a reading room and over six miles of shelving space.

Residents of Springfield, OH, welcomed the opening of the newly renovated main downtown branch of the Clark County Public Library. Along with new carpeting and paint, the 48,800 square foot facility completely updated its rotunda during the $2.6 million project. The now useful space joins new entrances, rehabbed study spaces and meeting rooms, a tech training area, and a business center. The McCall Sharp Architecture–led effort was funded through state money and private contributions.

October 16 marked the reopening of the renovated Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture branch of the New York Public Library. The two-year effort cost $22.3 million under the direction of Marble Fairbanks Architects, with Westerman Construction and the New York City Department of Design and Construction, and touched most of the 68,690 square feet of the 112-year-old landmark structure including the Moving Image and Recorded Sound division and the Jean Hutson Blackwell Reading Room. Featuring three separate buildings, the project added new research space, gallery areas, and air-conditioned storage to the main facility as well as a total remodel. A state-of-the-art sound system was added to the Langston Hughes Auditorium. Funding for the work came from New York City, New York State, the Ford Foundation, CitiBank, and Carver Federal Savings Bank.

After years of fundraising, the renovated Shippensburg Public Library, PA (pictured), reopened on September 30. The remodel of the 9,639 square foot structure began in early 2015 and included the installation of an elevator; a new HVAC system, fire safety system, and stairs; and Americans with Disabilities Act–compliant bathrooms. Phase 2 involved a 6,000 square foot addition at the rear of the building, a parking area, and a bridge connecting the two. The addition provides a new children’s wing and community room and more space overall. Construction managers and architects for the project are Kinsley Construction and LSC Design.

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