Library Building Project Update: June 2021

In March the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

City staff continue to work with SOM on the library project. The following progress has been made in the past month: 

1. A building scan utilizing LIDAR scanning technology has been finalized.

2. Work continues with staff on the library building program - including identifying space needs and important adjacencies which will serve as the basis for concepts and design. The architectural team is utilizing this information to begin testing various options for consideration to ensure the design will support the necessary functions of the library.

SOM hosted tours of select Chicago Public Libraries (CPL) and other relevant spaces. Tours included CPL’s West Loop, Chinatown and Little Italy branches, the Harold Washington Library and the Columbia College Student Center. The SOM project team includes former CPL Commissioner, Andrea Telli. Andrea was able to provide access to public and staff spaces, as well as connect the group with library staff and CPL leadership to discuss design challenges and solutions. 

The SOM project team visited Appleton for two days of workshops with library staff to continue to inform space planning.

Regular virtual meetings are continuing as we prepare for the early stages of public input.

3. Appointments are being finalized for the Library Building Project Advisory Committee. This is a group of approximately 25 people, appointed by Mayor Woodford, who will meet during the design process to provide advisory input to SOM and staff.

4. Additional opportunities for upcoming community involvement are being finalized. A public survey will be released soon. There will also be opportunities this summer for broad community involvement to help inform the concept design phase.