Altadena Library renovation projects underway


Bob Lucas Memorial Library (Photo – JerryShots)

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Library District engages Anderson Brulé Architects, an award-winning firm known for excellence in library planning and design, and schedules community town hall meetings March 29 and May 10.

By News Desk

The Altadena Library District announced that planning and design is underway for the multi-year project to modernize and improve its Main Library and Bob Lucas Memorial Library buildings.

The district is working with capital project manager Rachlin Partners and with Anderson Brulé Architects (ABA), an architectural firm specializing in creating thriving community resources, and libraries in particular, to lead these efforts.

Altadena Library District Manager Nikki Winslow said:

We are excited to work with ABA to reinvent our libraries for future Altadenians. We will be able to offer more public spaces with study spaces and meeting rooms, making these facilities true community centers.

“Our libraries have served as a key resource for Altadena for nearly 55 years,” said Jason Capell, Altadena Library District Administrator and Chair of the Facilities Committee. “Through these renovations, our library facilities will become more accessible, more sustainable and more flexible. We look forward to meeting the future needs of the community for the next 55 years.

“Throughout the design process, we pay attention to collections, technology and all the essential elements that make a bookcase work well,” says Mark Schoeman, Director of ABA Design, who brings more than 30 years of experience. “But our most important task, based on feedback from library staff and the Altadena community, is to transform these library buildings into truly inclusive and universally accessible resources for a wide variety of stakeholder groups.”

Poll and virtual town hall

To help ensure this inclusion, the Altadena Library District and Anderson Brulé Architects want Altadena residents to provide their thoughts on libraries and invite them to participate in a community survey (in Spanish).

Altadena residents are also invited to join a virtual community town hall on Zoom from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 to view and comment on preliminary schematic plans for the Bob Lucas Memorial Library.

The district will hold a similar community town hall on Zoom from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, regarding plans for the main library.

> For more information and to register, go to AltadenaLibrary.org/Next-Chapter.

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