Johnson County Library - Leawood Pioneer Branch

Johnson County Library - Leawood Pioneer Branch

This 8,700-square-foot expansion and 13,000-square-foot renovation allowed the Leawood Pioneer Branch Library to expand its programs, and achieve significant energy savings.

The addition features children and young adult areas, larger staff work areas and a drive-up book drop. The youth area is located beneath a high-bay space, making it easy to identify as a destination. The colorful area offers technology opportunities for the youngest users, and a group activity space.

New study rooms separate the addition functionally and acoustically from the existing building, which was renovated to house the adult collection, popular library, reference, computers, periodicals and a new large community meeting room. Large graphics assist with way-finding, and the library was planned with the most popular destinations located just inside the building’s entrance.

We upgraded the HVAC system, lighting, and building envelope, which resulted in significantly less energy used annually, despite adding 75 percent more space to the building.