Columbus Metropolitan Library Driving Park Branch
Driving Park is an urban residential neighborhood on the Near East Side of Columbus. The community’s former branch was built in 1972 and measured 6,000 sf - the system’s smallest. This neighborhood has a strong need for community gathering spaces and an active group of library patrons who the retiring branch struggled to adequately serve. The new 15,000 square foot building more than doubles the branch’s size and now provides dedicated space for its Homework Help Center, room for teenage library patrons, and larger community meeting rooms.
EMH&T, along with the project architect, NBBJ, designed beyond the reaches of a typical library and created an interactive learning lab. Our team designed hands-on water quality features, such as downspouts that empty into rain gardens, streams and pools, and making the site and how it interacts with the building an active learning experience for library visitors. Beyond just being “cool” to see how these systems work, each feature has the added benefit of providing long-term cost savings for the Library - a win-win for both our client and its loyal patrons. EMH&T provided key civil design for on-site utilities, site and grading hardscape, storm water management, erosion control, and permitting and site plan approvals for the 3-acre site.