2014 Building Program

Creating a building program was the first step in defining what type of facility we would need to be able to accomplish our vision and strategies. At the beginning of this year, we hired architectural firm Engberg Anderson to update the building program they completed for us in 2009. A building program works as a road map for architects to plan put how much, and what type of space is needed. Everything we need to provide responsible library service is located in the 2014 Building Program. Engberg Anderson and staff members spent several weeks updating and refining the new program.

In light of insights from the community-based strategic plan, as well as changes in service-delivery models, collection usage and trends, and advances in library technology, the 2014 Building Program was updated to recommend an increase in building size from the current 86,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet, with an option to include space for the City of Appleton Parks and Recreation Department. The Parks and Recreation Department holds over 200 classes at APL every year, as well as rents space from various downtown entities. The goal in presenting a space for the Parks and Recreation Department in the new building program was not only to provide a cost-saving solution, but also to take advantage of the synergy between departments.

The next step in defining what type of facility is needed was to use the space requirements identified in the 2014 Building Program to gauge the suitability of specific library site opportunities identified in downtown Appleton. A series of interviews were conducted with stakeholders in the community to identify potential sites for the library. A total of 15 sites were identified, including the current site. All 15 sites identified can be found in the Stakeholder Recommended Sites attachment listed below. The sites were scored on a matrix and weighed with factors including:

• The Size of the Lot
• Visibility
• Image
• Control
• Access
• Cultural Synergy
• Business Synergy
• Residential Synergy
• Adjacencies
• Potential Development
• Amenities
• Perception of Safety
• Site Geometry
• Building Operational Efficiency
• Ease of Construction
• Perception

Definitions for each set of criteria, as well as the evaluation matrix for each site can be found in the attachments below. After the sites were scored, the top three sites were pulled from the ranking.

Tuesday, March 18 during the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees March Board Meeting, representatives from Engberg Anderson (EA) presented an update of the 2014 Building Program, as well as a recommendation to proceed with a more in-depth evaluation of the top three ranking sites; the current site, the Post-Crescent and Horsch Appliance Site and three variations of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fox Banquets and Rivertyme Catering and UW-Clinic site.

A video of the board meeting, which provides a complete explanation of the sites is available on the City of Appleton website. All documents pertaining to the presentation can be found in the attachments below.