The Fox Lake District Library Facility
The new Fox Lake District Library facility measures 45,000 square feet in area. Construction of the building began in March, 2009 and was completed in December of 2010. The main floor of the facility includes the circulation desk, a youth services room, adult audio-visual area and periodical room, a new book section, the Internet café, a Friends of the Library book sale room and the main library meeting room.
The second floor of the library facility includes the adult book collection, a young adult area, adult services desk, public computers, quiet reading room and study rooms.
The Fox Lake District Library (2010) was designed by an architectural team from Dewberry Architects, Elgin, Illinois. Michael Mackey (above) was the lead designer and project manager. Also included on the architectural design team were: Chris Killinger, Totie Leonardo, Tony Chinn, Weena Yan and Jim Enck.
Consulting engineers on the Fox Lake District Library project were the following: McClure Engineering (Civil Engineer); Larson Engineering (Structural Engineer); Metro Design Associates (Mechanical, Electrical etc. Engineering); and KJWW Engineering (Building Technology)”.
Sara Chrzanowski of Dewberry Architects, Elgin, Illinois, was the interior designer for the project.
Norman J. Eallonardo, Independent Construction Services, was the library district ‘s owners representative on the library building project.
The A.J. Maggio Company of Mount Prospect, Illinois, was the general contractor.
Richard E. ("Dick") Thompson
Library consultant Richard E. (“Dick”) Thompson is the author of the library’s “building program”, the planning document that preceeded the architectural design of the Fox Lake District Library building. Mr. Thompson is the former director of the Wilmette (Illinois) Public Library and has written over one hundred public library building programs.
View preliminary floorplans for the new library building
View drawings of the new library building
Please see the following link for architectural recognition the new library building has received.
The Green Roof
The green roof at the Fox Lake District Library is located over the library café, Friends book sale room, and rear entrance lobby. It can be viewed from the windows next to the public rest rooms on the library building's second floor.
A green roof is composed of plants set in special growing medium in trays that are laid out on an existing roof. A green roof absorbs rain water, insulates the building, and gives off oxygen into the atmosphere.
The Fox Lake District Library's green roof consists of several varieties of sedum plants that are tolerant of dry conditions and other weather extremes. An information sheet with more information on the green roof is available at the library.