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Capital Improvement Program

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Names Architects and Space Programmer
Award-Winning Pittsburgh Architects to Develop Unique Designs for Neighborhood Libraries

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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(Pittsburgh - May 28, 2002) Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has named three Pittsburgh-based architectural firms, along with a Columbus, Ohio-based space programmer, as firms of record for the early phase of its $80 million Capital Improvement Program. "We have combined the best in local design talent with space programming expertise from the national level for our first three projects. By selecting separate architectural firms for every location, each project will be planned individually to reflect the unique character of the neighborhood served," says Library Director Herb Elish. Mr. Elish emphasized that, when the Capital Improvement Program is complete, every library facility will provide state-of-the-art library services in a customer-friendly environment.

All of the architectural firms selected have been recognized for design excellence. The Brookline Library has been awarded to Loysen & Associates whose portfolio includes the AIA award-winning MCN Salon in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Firm Principal Karen Loysen has also led design teams for the SMS Engineering Building on the North Shore and the restoration of Allegheny County Courthouse No. 3. Pfaffman & Associates, awarded the Homewood Library, oversaw restoration of Mellon Hall at Chatham College and the design of the Alcoa Business Services Center.

CLP is also in the process of reorganizing its Main Library collections in Oakland. The architectural firm of Edge Studios has been selected to design inviting, comfortable spaces for visitors to access popular materials and computers on the building's first floor. Edge Studios' recent work includes the AT&T Broadband Regional Communications Center in the South Hills and the AT&T Telecommunications Center in Washington, PA. Additionally, the Library has retained the services of DesignGroup, professional library space planners, from Columbus, Ohio. DesignGroup's programming services have been used by major public library systems including Columbus and Toledo-Lucas County. The firm will help plan for material storage, collection display, customer usage and operational flow.

"Design Group's expertise will assist us in creating buildings that are modern, efficient and pleasant for our 600 employees and more than 2.6 million annual visitors," says Owner's Representative Craig Dunham. In addition, the spaces will be flexible to accommodate current collections and technology and allow for future changes. "Ongoing community and staff meetings will enable DesignGroup and the architectural firms to involve community members throughout the design process," Dunham added. Construction on Brookline, Homewood and the Main Library will commence in late 2002. The community planning process has also started in Squirrel Hill and Woods Run.

System-wide capital improvements are estimated at $80 million. A $15 million bond issue was approved by the Allegheny County Regional Asset District (ARAD) in January 2002. Additional private and public sources are being developed to fund the completion of the Capital Improvement Program.

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Editor's Note:

Loysen + Associates became Loysen + Kreuthmeier in 2003. Loysen + Kreuthmeier is the architect-of-record for renovations to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Brookline.

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