GULF GATE Public LIBRARY

GULF GATE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Architect:  Harvard Jolly Architecture
Owner: Sarasota County
26,000 sq ft

Cord Van Nostrand P.E. - Project Manager (Prior Firm Experience)

This new library replaces the former 12,000 sq ft library in the same location, and maintains a strong connection to the community with an increased technology section, reading gardens, and enhanced meeting space for neighborhood gathering. The design focuses on natural lighting with floor-to-ceiling windows, and wood, metal and brick used on the exterior and interior for a warm, comfortable atmosphere.  High open ceilings express exposed structural steel beams supporting exposed Epicore floor and roof decks, and a central switchback exposed structural steel stair, with a single support column extending from a large geometric concrete plinth.  The remaining structure consists of concrete columns and beams, steel columns, steel beams, steel bar joists, and masonry.