The first and largest of the new Branches in the Dayton Metro Library system, made possible by voter support of a bond issue in 2012, will be located at the corner of Philadelphia Drive and Hillcrest Avenue on the site where Fairview High School once stood. The 21st century Library will replace the aging and inefficient facilities currently housing the Dayton View, Fort McKinley, and Northtown-Shiloh Branches.
The foundation is in place and, weather permitting, the steel framework will be going up soon. The new Library will feature a meadow-themed Children’s area, a dedicated space for middle and high school students called Teen Edge, and an open and enclosed Adult Reading Room with a shared fireplace.
The plans include an area that can accommodate a coffee vendor. The café, a large dividable meeting room, and a flexible program space will be available both during and outside of Library hours for use by Library patrons and other community partners. There will be more computers and other technology as well as convenient onsite parking.
Ruetschle Architects, a member of the Dayton Design Collaborative, worked in conjunction with library design experts Group 4 Architects on this project. Skanska/ATCS is providing construction management services. Barring any unexpected construction delays, a grand opening will be held by the end of 2015.
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