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ORLAND PARK LIBRARY

Orland Park, Illinois

Library Award of Merit-2004

This 93,000 s.f. library has two floors and a partial basement. The first levels holds the circulation department, youth services, meeting rooms, outreach department and technical services department.

The second floor houses the adult services department, information technology, teen area, administrative office and study rooms.

The same brick and limestone is used on the interior and exterior. Book stacks were aligned perpendicular to the west facade to allow daylight deep into the reading rooms on both floors.

The building’s frame is structural concrete clad with brick and block, and the aluminum framing and glass curtain wall further enhance the exterior.

The roof varies by section: One area is structural concrete topped by thermoplastic membrane roofing, and a clerestory area has timbering framing.

There was only 2 ft. above the ceiling for all the supply ductwork, plumbing, electrical and fire protection lines.

Architect: Lohan Anderson, Chicago, Illinois
Developer: Orland Park Public Library