Columbus Metropolitan Library Dublin Branch
As part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s ongoing overhaul of its many branches, the system is building a new Dublin Branch. At $21 million, the new 41,000 sf branch is a state-of-the-art 21st Century facility that doubles the space of the former facility. The addition of a “transition” element will help tie the facility’s contemporary design into the surrounding historic architecture. A new 549-space parking garage is also being built next to the library. The $13.3 million, four-level facility will provide 200 dedicated spaces for the library with the remainder available for public use.
Working with two different architects, EMH&T’s Development Division tackled design of this historic, urban site by knitting together a variety of elements, including a public plaza, the transition element (a recreated corner of the historic school that once occupied the site), a loading dock, bike parking, a book drop located within the garage, and on-site stormwater bio-retention within the landscape design. The Transportation Division worked with the City of Dublin on roadway additions and improvements designed to aesthetically connect this area of redevelopment to the new mixed-use development rising on the east bank of the Scioto River.