The scenery outside of the library looks different to the south! Don & Sons Excavating demolished 701 N. Harrison St. for the Syracuse Public Library Monday, Dec. 13.
Originally purchased by the library in January 2021, the property presented exciting opportunities for the library and its offerings, which are now being explored through a feasibility study by Arkos Design.
The feasibility study will examine potential improvements to library's building and grounds. By its conclusion, architects with Arkos Design will present the most viable options that will benefit library operations and the local community.
In particular, the Syracuse Public Library wants to provide greater accessibility for patrons and offer needed meeting spaces, including small study rooms.
The process kicked off in November with a design charrette (read more here). This meeting brought Arkos Design architects together with library staff members, board of trustees members, and Friends of the Syracuse Public Library to brainstorm.
Since then, architects have continued to refine potential options.
While the feasibility study process continues, the demolition will save library money on utilities. Stayed tuned for more details about the Syracuse Public Library's future plans.
On Thursday, Nov. 11, Syracuse Public Library staff, board members and Friends of the Library members dreamed big during a design charrette with architects from Arkos Design of Mishawaka.
A design charrette – a type of participatory planning process – assembles a team consisting of citizens, architects and designers to create a design and implementation plan for a specific project. Participants and designers hit on several design elements that would enable the Syracuse Public Library to best service the community today and in the future.
As part of the charrette, participants shared their library dreams. These ranged from more private meeting spaces and quiet study spaces to greater accessibility, outdoor programming spaces, better parking, room to grow specific book collections like mystery and a more designated teen space. After this brainstorming session, everyone reviewed a vision board featuring pictures of other libraries’ spaces, leaving notes on elements they loved or disliked.
Arkos architects then pooled these dream items together to craft potential preliminary designs for future library expansion. While not concrete, these designs opened exciting opportunities for the library.
This meeting marked the beginning of the Syracuse Public Library’s feasibility study, which will guide it toward viable improvements in the building and its grounds.
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