The Kansas City Business Journal showcased the Monticello Library project and the team behind it on Tuesday at the newspaper's 2019 Capstone Real Estate Awards reception.
The Business Journal honored the library as one of 25 real estate development projects that transformed the Kansas City area in 2018.
Judges selected the library for its community impact.
“We’re so thrilled that this new hub for the community has been recognized with this award,” said Sean Casserley, county librarian.
The facility was designed by The Clark Enersen Partners and built by McCownGordon Construction.
The reception was held on Tuesday, March 26, at the InterContinental Kansas City on the Plaza.
Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., in Shawnee, Kansas, is the 14th branch in the Johnson County Library system. It's the first new library location in the county since 1994. The two-story, 30,500 square foot building features floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed to let in lots of natural light.
Design for the library benefitted from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for library services in the 21st century. Comments from residents have consistently centered around needs for meeting space, a robust children’s area and availability of diverse technology for public use.
The first-floor features a dramatic central stair, self-checkout stations, study rooms, a large community meeting room, new books and materials as well as a large area for children’s materials and programming. The second-floor hosts adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, public computers including Apple workstations, two collaborative study rooms and three additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a terrace with ample seating.
L-R: Brad Reinhardt, (director of Facilities) Danni Livingston (Facilities – director of planning, design, and construction), Matt Glawatz (The Clark Enersen Partners - project architect), Nichole Waring (McCownGordon Construction – project manager), Sean Casserley (Library - county librarian), Arlen Kleinsorge (McCownGordon Construction – project executive), Scott Sime (Library – project coordinator) and Rick Wise (The Clark Enersen Partners – senior principal)