The Winter Park City Commissioners have unanimously approved Adjaye Associates’ conceptual design for the upcoming Winter Park Public Library and Events Center.
Bungalower was in attendance at the unveiling of the plans on November 2, HERE, when the public was given their first look at the new $30 million project that relocates the library to Martin Luther King Jr. Park and expands its footprint dramatically.
The contract was awarded to Adjaye Associates in April, more on that HERE.
The design features three separate buildings that each serve a different function; special events, the new library, and a welcome pavilion overlooking the lake. A recent press release issued by the City also includes mention of an indoor auditorium, makerspaces, tech portals, a business center, continuing education, archival collection, community meeting rooms, and private reading rooms. The new library building is 4,000 SF larger than their current space.
City officials will be working with Adjaye Associates to finalize the remaining details in the coming months, including final color and building materials. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2018 with a projected completion date of early 2020. A capital campaign or projected budget for the increase in programming is yet to be released.
Editor’s Note: It came to Bungalower’s attention last week that the library has laid off their public relations staff. Executive Director Shawn Shaffer informed us that Axon2 (Website) will be overseeing all communications, marketing, and public relations going forward.