Groundbreaking: Indianapolis Public Library Glendale Branch
We have officially broken ground at new site of the Indianapolis Public Library’s Glendale Branch. The project has been designed with LEED certification goals in mind, like photovoltaic solar panels, low flow water fixtures, energy efficient HVAC and lighting, as well as low irrigation plants, to name a few.
The 25,000 SF project will finally give the branch its own stand-alone building, after being located in the Glendale Shopping Center since the year 2000. The library needed easier access for patrons, more daylight and study spaces, and modernization of overall service capability. The new branch will strengthen the library’s civic identity and impact the surrounding area by increasing services and access, which could potentially double the daily visitors to the branch. Through discussion with library leaders and community engagement sessions, it also became clear that there was excitement for a facility with a strong community identity in fluidity with the residential neighborhood it will reside in, while also depicting the modern institution of today’s public libraries. Community engagement helped cast the vision for krM’s design team that the 5.7-acre site would feel more like a neighborhood park, with the library at its epicenter, detailed with timeless materials and warm interior finishes.