Facility: New Public Library
Size: 10,000 sf
Architect: Raymond Beeler Architect PC
(original building with Susana Torre)
Structural Engineer: Severud Szegezdy Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineering: Jack Green Associates
Environmental Consultant: William T. Schmitt Associates
Theater Consultant: Peter George and Associates
Lighting Consultant: William Armstrong Lighting Design
Community Room Photography: Ron Papageorge
The Montauk Public Library, built in 1991 on a sloping site at the eastern edge of the village, has 4,500 sf of finished space on the main level and 5,500 sf of unfinished future expansion space on two additional levels. The main volume of the structure, a double height space with a floating mezzanine, houses the book stacks, circulation desk, staff areas and the main reading area. The one-story porches attached to the main volume house the children's area, the Montauk Collection and individual reading carrels. The space defining internal heavy timber wood structure was left exposed as well as the wood plank ceilings and roof. Continuous clerestory windows provide ample natural light and ventilation.
A second phase of construction finished the lower level to house a new Community Meeting Room, now named after the long serving Library Board President Suzanne Koch Gosman. The room has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of functions including small concerts, drama, movies, lectures, workshops and meetings. The ceiling has a raised central area with a wavelike profile developed for its acoustical properties; and the lighting has been designed to create various effects for the different uses. The Community Room is accessed through a new lobby that opens directly to the exterior as well as the Library above.
The final stage of construction was the fit-out of the mezzanine to house additional stack and reading areas as well as the public access computers.