Library! at Bown Crossing
At its meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2015, Boise City Council approved the Library’s request and Mayor Bieter’s recommendation to fund the Library! at Bown Crossing branch. The Library hopes to break ground in late 2015 and open the facility a year later. A firm timeline will be developed after designs are fine-tuned and a builder is selected.
The budget for the project is $8.5 million, with $7.5 million coming from the City's capital contingency fund and $1 million provided by the Library's Friends Group and the Library Foundation.
Initial Design Phase
The Boise City Council allocated funding for the initial design phase for the Library! at Bown Crossing, providing citizens with the opportunity to comment on the preliminary designs and on proposed features and services. Public comment was taken from mid-March through the end of April 2010. Residents reviewed the plans and commented online or in person at the Main Library, Bookmobile stops, neighborhood meetings or one of four public meetings. (The comment period is over, but the Bown Crossing designs and schematics are still available for review.)
Comments were overwhelmingly positive in nature. These comments will be incorporated into the design development phase. Completion of the initial design phase will position the City to move forward with the benefit of public input when funding becomes available for design development, construction and operation of the new library.
Features & Services
Located in southeast Boise between East Parkcenter Boulevard and East Boise Avenue, the Library! at Bown Crossing will act as a community center, welcoming and integrating southeast Boise neighborhoods and businesses. The full-service library will provide a welcoming, light-filled environment, with computer and Internet access, lots of books, movies and music, spaces for study, meetings and relaxing, and special programs for all ages.
Public Service Features
- 13,000 square feet of public space
- 35,000-45,000 books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, movies, music
- 35 PCs and 10 mobile devices for public use with Internet access
- Wireless Internet access
- Comfortable chairs for relaxing, as well as table seating
- Open 6 days a week, totaling 50 hours
- Self-service checkout
- Copy center
- Library programs for all ages, including:
- Baby, preschool & toddler storytimes
- Afterschool & teen programs
- Computer and technology help
- Book clubs & other special programs
- Reading room with fireplace for reading & socializing
- Two group study rooms, seating four
- Fun, specially designed areas for children and teens
- Quiet areas with comfortable seating
- Audio-visual equipped multi-purpose room seating 90, with external access during hours the library is closed. Includes access to kitchen facilities and restroom.
- Smaller audio-visual equipped meeting room, seating 12, also with external access.
- Maximized daylighting, with glass-curtain wall
- Sustainable features for efficient use of energy and water
- Constructed of recycled and local materials
- The City is targeting a gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Water-wise landscaping using drought-tolerant and native plants
Architects: FFA Architecture & Interiors, Inc.
- Troy Ainsworth, Principal
- Karl Refi, Architectural Designer
- Brenda Katz, Interior Designer
- Ian Gelbrich, Project Architect