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Lake Hiawatha Branch Library

Lake Hiawatha, NJ
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In 2020, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library System was awarded a NJ State Library Construction Bond Grant to build a new library in Lake Hiawatha. The existing Lake Hiawatha Branch Library building was built in 1968 and expanded in 1994. Although popular and heavily used, the building is dated and deteriorated, requiring systems updates and renovations to provide improved, contemporary library services.

BKP Architects led an investigative process to help Lake Hiawatha Branch Library understand its purpose and priorities. Through collection analysis and focus groups with staff, families, and community leaders, BKP found that the library could improve service and maximize its square footage in a new structure. BKP’s research showed that reducing redundancy of collections contained at the main library – and available through system sharing – could free up area for new programming, meeting rooms, and technology. After the feasibility study, it was determined to be more cost effective to build a new library on the parking lot across the street, allowing operations at the existing library to continue until the new building opens.

The new library design by BKP features a column-free clear-span collections area and an interior palette that evokes the patterns and colors of Native American culture from which the Lake Hiawatha community derives its name. A glass and terra cotta shingle façade presents a modern and welcoming visual.

  • Client

    Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library System

  • Size

    15,000 square feet

Renderings © BKP Architects