On November 11, 2015 the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees will host a public charette at the library at 5:15 pm to solicit input on the design of the new library. A charette is an interactive public meeting intended to generate ideas, suggestions and feedback. The library’s architect, Joe Huberty of Engberg Anderson, has already led two design charettes. The input from those sessions informs what he’ll bring to the third session which will focus on the exterior design of the building.
“The next charette will be an important step in the design process,” said Library Director Doug Raber. “Our approach is based on the idea of critical regionalism. Local history and context have to drive design. The library has to look like it belongs in Marion and nowhere else. The goal is to design a building that is an expression of Marion’s character”
At the last charette, Mr. Huberty showed photographs of buildings and design features and used a visual preference survey to get a better understanding of what people want a new library to look like. He used several example of existing Marion landmarks, all of which received high scores. Based on those findings, Mr. Huberty is working on renderings of possible building designs. At the next charette he’ll be looking for feedback that will allow him to refine and focus the library’s design.
“This charette will not be the last step in the process,” Mr. Raber said. “After this we’ll be in a position to start putting together specific cost estimates and refine the financing model, but we’ll still need public input on the final design and on furnishings and features, the kinds of things that significantly contribute to the look and feel of a place.”
During regular business hours on November 11th the library will be closed for a staff training day, but the doors will be open at 5:00 pm for the public to attend the charette. The meeting will be held in the large meeting room of the Marion Public Library, located at 1095 6th Avenue.