Replacing the overcrowded existing Carnegie facility, the new 30,000 square foot Atlantic City Free public Library is located in the Government Service Center of the City. The two-story facility is both functional and welcoming.
Entering through a limestone colonnade, adult library functions are on the first level. The children’s area and staff services occupy the second level. Two large sky lit light wells flood the second level and first floor reading areas with natural light. The stunning interior design, highlighted by cherry wood tables and chairs was featured on the cover of American Libraries”. Under floor ducts provide electrical and data flexibility. Careful planning and preparation during building deign resulted in a building that will require no major changes in the future.
This rehabilitation took advantage of tax credit laws by retaining 50% of existing exterior and interior bearing walls. The objective was to provide the building with prominent visual frontage while instilling a strong residential character for these luxury rental units. Attention to quality design, appropriate natural materials and low construction costs gave the owners positive cash flow from the property’s first year of operation.