Public Focus Groups + Architects

During the winter of 2021, worked with focus groups at the library to develop a design for the renovation plan. The framework for the hour-long sessions was “Keep, Toss, Create”.  Together, residents and the architects identified the spaces and services that are a “must keep” for the library, it wouldn’t be the same without them!  Then considered what services at the VPL are no longer effective or necessary.  And finally, what’s missing? What kinds of space and services should be created to meet community needs?

Architects Alex Ramsey and Joselia Mendiolea presented three draft floor plans for discussion.  After two days of public input, a fourth plan emerged. That plan is what we are using for cost estimates and now serves as a basis for what we would like to accomplish as a library space for Ashland.