Historic Library Addition and Renovation

DeKalb Public Library

Space and infrastructure needs have long surpassed the modest size and building systems of the DeKalb Public Library -- a 1930, Deco-Moderne style architectural gem that is on the National Register of Historic Places.


To meet current needs and position itself for the future, the library expansion tripled the size of the current building and renovated 16,000-sf feet of existing space.


The 52,000-sf, three-story addition replicates the Art Deco design of the original building and allows the library to become completely accessible to all patrons, expand collections, add more computers, increase program and meeting spaces, create quiet spaces for study and open spaces for socializing, and provide the infrastructure to support current and future conditioning needs and technological advancement.


The project also included a new lobby and reception area, private offices, library stacks and storage, and restrooms.


The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification. Sustainable and energyefficient design includes radiant heating, heat recovery, LED lighting, occupancy sensors, low-flow plumbing fixtures and automated building systems controls.


In addition to meeting LEED requirements, engineering challenges include historic preservation considerations, acoustical control, addition of sprinklers to existing space, maintaining facility operation during construction, and phased construction.


Rockford, IL



52,000 SF Renovation

16,000 SF Addition



Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection, Technology,