Barton Malow Company was contracted to complete the interiors of the new landmark city hall, library and parking structure lines the east edge of a new city square park. The new building features a 7-story clock tower and creates a powerful visual bookend to the Vehicle Engineering Center, the tallest building on the GM Tech Center campus. The new library was designed to be interactive, involving, educational and entertaining. Occupying over 32,000 sf and housing over 151,000 items, the new facility houses a diverse collection of business, recreational and reference materials, all illuminated with stack lighting.
Vibrant wall and floor colors converge in all areas. Handcrafted heat-treated copper forms and a patterned layout of multi-colored laminated glass energize the space. The serpentine motif and soft undulating curves reflected in the ceiling, walls, program spaces, signage, furniture and lighting in three-dimensional form are mirrored in their two-dimensional equivalent in the floor. Similar shapes, forms and seating continue in an exterior program space which creates a setting for quiet outdoor reading or storytelling.
The new library features group and quiet study rooms equipped with data, cable TV, satellite broadcast and video conferencing; a 17-workstation computer training lab; a childrens story time and puppet stage; a childrens craft room; teen hang-out with books, computers, music and multi-media applications; and a special collections room featuring a fireplace.