August 9, 2013
Jenkins•Peer Architects has been working with the Catawba County Library System, the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library staff, and the community to envision and design a larger library facility to support the region’s growing population. On August 5th that vision took a dramatic step forward as the first shovels of soil were turned to launch construction of the new building.
Located on 2.5 acres near the intersection of Sherrills Ford Road and N.C. 150, the 10,000-sf library is more than triple the size of the existing branch and includes:
- A greatly expanded print collection, with three times more shelf space;
- Collections for adults, teens, juvenile, and early-childhood age groups;
- Four times the previous number of desktop computers and tablets for public access and technology training;
- Additional space for special programs and meetings; and
- Nearly four times the number of parking spaces.
In support of the community’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the new library is pursuing LEED Silver certification with features including:
- Design that maximizes natural light;
- Ultra-efficient HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems;
- An energy-monitoring system; and
- The use of regionally produced materials and furnishings.
Catawba County commissioners and other state and county officials joined Library Director Suzanne White, the library staff, and community members at the ground-breaking ceremony. Construction is expected to take approximately one year.