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Forest Park Branch Library

Gerding Collaborative served as local architect in collaboration with design architect and architect-of-record Crag, Gaulden, Davis. Gerding Collaborative’s primary responsibilities included construction document preparation, management of the construction contract administration phase, and weekly construction site visits.

The 2.5 acre site features a stand of mature hardwood trees, some possibly over 100 years old, located close to the center of the site. This feature became a significant driver of the site planning and design of the building. Accommodating the building, parking, and site circulation, while preserving and taking advantage of the beauty and benefits of the trees, was a primary site planning challenge.

The design solution not only preserved the trees, but allowed them to become a focal point for the project. The building footprint features a large semi-circular glass wall that embraces the trees, providing views of the trees from most of the library’s spaces. The building’s interior features large open spaces with abundant daylighting and views to the outside. Raised access flooring incorporates highly-efficient air distribution and cabling systems that allow the interior spaces to be uncluttered, providing flexibility for future interior modifications and changes in technology.

Project Features:
• 64,000 Capacity for Books & Other Library Materials
• 246 Person Public Seating Capacity (including meeting room)
• 36 General Use Computers for the Public
• 22 Youth Computers
• 20 Seat Computer Lab for Public Computer Classes
• 40 Seat Multi-purpose Meeting Room
• Teen Room
• Homework Center
• Children’s Program Room
• Toddler Area

Forest Park, Georgia

Associate Architect

Architect of Record
Craig Gaulden Davis, Inc.

Clayton County Library System

Project Metrics
16,172 SF

$3.7 million

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