Plans were developed for a branch expansion due to growing use of this popular KDL library. To begin this process, a comprehensive study of the original 20-year-old library was performed including an assessment of future space needs. The result of the study was a recommendation to renovate the original 20,100 sf and develop two additions.
A 2,000-sf addition expands the staff workspace and the other 5,900-sf addition provides a large subdividible community room, smaller public gathering and meeting space, new public restrooms, and a second entry to the original library.
The larger addition is meant to be a community asset allowing for substantial community gatherings and is planned to support the separate Grandville DDA development of a farmer’s market on the north side of the original library. The bonus value here is the availability of the same large gathering space for many different KDL programs for patrons of all ages and interests.
The original library will benefit from the creation of nine new small reservable study rooms, enhanced children developmental space (KDL-ville), improved Friend’s book resale space, updated finishes, and new contemporary furnishings.
As part of the overall project, the materials and details of the original facility will be extended to both additions to give the resulting project a traditional/historical reverence. Mechanical systems and electrical lighting are being upgraded throughout and improved technology will allow for the evolving needs of the library as services continue to expand to best serve patron and community needs.