Client County of Washoe Department of Public Works

Spanish Springs Public Library

Sparks, Nevada

Designed to be friendly and interactive, the new 30,000-SF facility provides many services to the community, including computer training, children and adult services, meeting space for private organizations, and a green lawn open-air amphitheater for outside story hours and other fresh air gatherings. Planned as part of Teen Town, the heart of the library is an open lobby "town square" incorporating lessons learned from the retail industry, such as a coffee bar, book store, and virtual reality center. Self-service book-sorting stations and self-service check-out areas reduce personnel costs.

The design incorporates the historic symbolism of the Paiute Indians and other early settlers who called Nevada home. The "mound-like" vaulted roof silhouette is somewhat reminiscent of the "wickiup" community lodge roof form used by some Native American tribes for community gatherings and meetings. Selected materials such as wood and concrete are sustainable, recyclable, and renewable. Indigenous stone was quarried from the area and used throughout the building interior and exterior. Daylighting filtered through the timber ceiling decreases energy use. 


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At a glance

30,000 SF

Features

Selected materials such as wood and concrete are sustainable, recyclable, and renewable.

The design incorporates the historic symbolism of the Paiute Indians and other early settlers who called Nevada home.

Services

Architectural Design

Interior Design

Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Structural

Construction Management

"We had Library Directors from all over the state at the Spanish Springs Library... They absolutely could not get over how beautiful and how well designed the library was. Lots of positive comments on the way we zoned our service areas and with so much going on in the library, how quiet and peaceful it still remained. Just wish you could hear all the positive comments I am hearing."