Libraries

Bremen Public Library Addition and Renovation

The Bremen Public Library project consists of an addition, renovation of the existing building, and site improvements, which together enhance patrons’ experience, provide the public with more opportunities to utilize the collection and meeting spaces, and bring the facility up to current ADA accessibility standards. The ground floor addition expands the children’s department with a craft room, story time space, and storage.  These new dedicated spaces allow for more children’s programs and relieve stress on the shared spaces where these

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SJCPL – Main Library Addition and Renovation

The 98,000 SF renovation and 40,500 SF library addition in downtown South Bend is designed to enhance the patron experience and provide additional community education opportunities. All three stories were updated creating more engaging spaces on the main levels.  The relocation of areas and completely updated finishes bring a more intuitive patron experience, state-of-the-art technology, and a welcoming finish aesthetic. The addition offers more options for community meeting space, educational presentations, a tiered/accessible auditorium, and a third-floor space for the

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SJCPL – German Township Branch Library

Nestled in a tranquil setting, the new German Township Branch Library exterior emulates a whimsical cottage in the woods.  Natural stone materials and interesting exterior expressions create a unique, contextual image that complements the existing woodland setting.  These features also serve to highlight interior functions. Furniture and collections of books are arranged to create an intuitive learning environment. Large, dramatic windows bring in natural light and capture the beautiful views of the property.  Turrets allow natural light to reach deep into

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CHILDRENS SERVICES RENOVATION, MARCELLUS TOWNSHIP WOOD MEMORIAL LIBRARY

The scope of this project included interior design services for the Childrens Services Renovation of Marcellus Township Library. Arkos Design collaborated with the client to provide new room finish material options along with new and repurposed furniture ideas to meet the needs of various age groups who use the space. The construction of a tree feature brought the playful aesthetics of being outdoors to the interior. Childrens Services Renovation KEY FEATURES

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CHILDRENS ROOM, WHITE PIGEON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

The scope of this project included interior design services for the Childrens Room of White Pigeon Township Library. Light, neutral walls and ceilings keep the space bright, while colorful accents in the finishes and furnishings add fun and character. The neutral backdrop allows the client to add seasonal decor. Where the amenities for older children and teens were previously intermixed with the young children and toddlers, thoughtful use of furniture and finishes now define areas for each group. Intensive demolition

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UNIQUE THREE RIVERS PUBLIC LIBRARY RENOVATION

This renovation project included the interior design and renovation of approximately 11,000 square feet of the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust Building in Three Rivers, Michigan. The Project included demolition, reconfiguration of rooms, interior finish replacement, electrical modifications, new light fixtures, mechanical system modifications, new restrooms, a new sprinkler system, and an elevator replacement. A key element of the design was the utilization of an existing bank vault as a “Michigan Room.” Erika Groniger worked closely with the client on

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SJCPL – Main Library Digital Lab

The SJCPL needed a space where patrons would have access to unique equipment for the creation of digital works.  An underutilized area was reconfigured to accommodate printing equipment, display space, group seating spaces, four private recording rooms, and a staff workroom.  SJCPL wanted the space to be a blend of an industrial-looking space and state-of-the-art equipment.  Storefront with factory window-style muntins flank the entry and match the metal display grid fabricated by a local blacksmith inside the space.  Concrete and

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FREMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY MODERNIZATION

With this library modernization, interior design finishes and service desks were updated to improve function. The central stair and staff areas were reconfigured to improve flow and allow for more patron space. A new exterior structure provides a check-in for outdoor programs. The Fremont Public Library was constructed in 2002 on a wooded site with native prairie. Over the years, processes evolved and some of the finish materials became worn. The renovation was an opportunity to revitalize aged finishes as

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Testimonial from Deb futa, former sjcpl director