Interior views of Brentwood Library as renovation proceeds
The architect in charge of the Brentwood Library renovation invited a team of managers inside the Brentwood library for a look at the progress, recently. Work is progressing well, and the individual rooms in the branch are taking shape.
This picture shows the randomly placed coloured glass in the windows of the second floor adult reading area. The window faces south, and equivalent windows are on the north side. This part of the building is the centre of the branch which will house shelving for Fiction and Non-fiction for adults.
The architect explains a particular point about the building, in the same room, here looking North. Eventually the ceiling will be covered by wood, which will match in colour the old ceiling of the branch.
The steel support structures, prominently protruding from the ceiling will remain in view as ceiling sculptures!
The only parts of the old branch building that remain are the fireplaces and the magnificent ceiling with Douglas Fir beams. They were exposed in the previous building, but they were stained with a grey stain. The image shows how test spots have been sanded to expose the original wood. Eventually the whole ceiling will receive a similar treatment to highlight the natural wood, which will give the ceiling a warm feel.
As you can tell, there will be lots of space in this area for books and for individual study spaces. A relaxed seating area is planned around the fireplaces on both the first and second floor, and comfortable chairs with tablet sized tables attached will line the windows in this room.
Health and safety measures are designed into the fabric of the building. One such feature is the sprinkler system, which is clearly visible on the two last pictures.
The main staircase on the west side of the building takes you up through the building. Here is a view of the metal lattice running alongside the stairs. The picture is taken from the third floor and shows the neighbouring church viewed through preserved trees that will offer a green screen.