West Memphis, Arkansas
As the first civic building initiated in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 30 years, the West Memphis Library and Innovation Center serves as a new public meeting place and educational institution for the city.
Allen & Hoshall provided architectural and engineering services for the new 14,400 square feet, state-of-the-art library features a multipurpose common room with seating for up to 100 people, an 18-person conference room, meeting and study spaces, a children’s area with group reading spaces and a play area, a teen gaming and lounge area, a café, administration offices, and outdoor event space. Replacing the existing 7,500-square-foot library, the West Memphis Public Library is strategically located to boost development and revitalize business in the downtown district.
The new library was designed to meet all current state and local energy codes. The following techniques were incorporated into the design to maximize energy and water efficiency.