River Center Branch Library

River Center Branch Library

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Two years after the completion of the Shaw Center for the Arts, the City of Baton Rouge engaged us to design a new branch library. Located one block from the Shaw, the River Center Library is a new model for library services, with traditional collections as well as meeting rooms for community programming, outreach and creative collaboration; themed media walls, art walls, interactive kiosks, and conference rooms equipped with remote distance learning technology; a café, YouMedia/Tech Lab, business pods, foundation and grants center, maker room and a recording studio. The project responds to the local climate with a shaded public plaza, reading balconies, and trellised roof terrace, and sculptural sunshade ribbons on the south, east and west windows. 

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Collaborators

Joint Venture with WHLC Architecture
Structural: SCA Consulting
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing: Associated Design Group, Inc
Civil: CSRS
Technology: Shen Milsom Wilke
Landscape: Reich Associates

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