Concurrent Program Session

Creating Alternative Library Facilities

Friday, April 8, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 109/111/113

Urban and suburban libraries are searching for alternatives to developing new facilities in response to rapid growth and demand stimulated by the creation of new residential and commercial communities, specifically those in Transit Oriented Developments (TOD). This session will explore innovative solutions already being implemented in communities worldwide. Additionally, the interactive session will share techniques to offer librarians and trustees the ability to discover creative solutions that would be most appropriate to their community.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Learn to create alternative library facilities in response to the rapid growth stimulated by Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) 2: Discover how to partner with private developers in their creation of livable communities 3: Learn unique techniques to determine what library services should be provided in these alternative library facilities

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout

Track: Invent

Tags: Spaces and Places, Buildings and Facilities, Innovation, Partnerships, Resource Sharing, Urban Libraries


Dennis Humphries, Principal
Humphries Poli Architect, Denver, CO

Dennis Humphries is an acclaimed architect responsible for the design of over 80 public library facilities in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. He is a founding principal of Humphries Poli Architects located in Denver. His library projects have been honored by the American Institute of Architects for design excellence and by Library Journal for innovation as Landmark Libraries. Dennis has presented to forums sponsored by ALA, Colorado Association of Libraries, Library Journal and IFLA.

Peter Bolek, Principal
HBM Architects, Cleveland, OH

Peter has led HBM architectds' in building a national practice based on functional and creative design. He has participated in and orchestrated all facets of library feasibility studies, programming, planning, design and construction of library buildings across the country in over 20 states. Peter has more than 20 years of experience with both public and private sector clients and credits the firm's success on collaborative design and involvement of project stakeholders in community forums.

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