The LEED-registered Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Branch Library, in Tucker, Ga., designed by LEO A DALY, will celebrate its grand opening on January 23. LEO A DALY worked closely with the local community to create a welcoming, sustainable library that replaces an old 12,140 square-foot library built in 1965. One of the largest replacement libraries in the DeKalb County, it encompasses 25,000 square feet and features a modern yet organic contextual design with a community-centered atmosphere.
The library holds an 82,000 volume collection, with flexible storage space to accommodate growth. It features a 150-seat meeting room, a 12-seat conference room, youth story room, teen area, group study rooms, an art display area and a cafe, which can be accessed after hours. State-of-the-art computer networking and communications equipment is available throughout.
Sustainability was an important driver of the design. Located along a busy intersection in Tucker, the library's site was selected for its proximity to several community amenities and public transportation. Other sustainable features include efficient mechanical systems, an innovative plumbing design that minimizes water consumption, water efficient landscaping and outdoor air delivery monitoring. Daylighting is another significant component, with 90 percent of the library having views to the outdoors.
A raised barrel vaulted roof and angled stone-clad entry façade, with its metal panel trim, give the building presence and represents the "crown" to one of Tucker's most important civic buildings. A curved stone wall at the rear of the building follows the curve of the street, buffering the noise to the interior spaces.
The unique interior features a mid-century modern design with various organic and geometric shapes found in many of the finishes. Designers brought the outdoors in by using the exterior stone cladding on the walls of the lobby and the community room, complimented by finishes in warm tan and copper mixed with cool grays. A variety of seats provide visitors with choice and comfort.
"We are excited to be a part of the transformation of Dekalb County libraries," commented LEO A DALY Atlanta Managing Principal Jerry Voith. "This new facility will provide a living room for the Tucker community to enjoy learning, relaxation and social interaction."
The project was realized through a $230,000,000 bond referendum approved by voters in DeKalb County, of which 54,540,000 is allocated for libraries. The Tucker-Reid H. Cofer branch is one of 13 library construction projects selected in the 2006-2025 Library Facilities Plan. The referendum is intended to accommodate for a 2025 projected population increase of over 225,000 persons above the present population. LEO A DALY also designed DeKalb's Stonecrest Branch Library, slated to open in May.