Library Building Projects 101 – Planning, Design, and Construction

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Library Building Projects 101 – Planning, Design, and Construction:

A two-day workshop with optional third day site tour

October 17-20, 2019, Dublin, Ohio


Description:  This two-day workshop and optional third day site tour is presented by the Buildings and Equipment Community of Practice of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).  Participants will delve into the many facets related to library building projects and will examine critical topics through lectures and discussions. Material covered includes goal setting, process definition, site selection, team composition, budget development, and the types of planning required to bring a project to successful fruition, whether in new construction, renovation or expansion. An optional final day tour will explore new local public and academic libraries.

Target audiences:  Librarians, library staff, trustees, architects and designers


Participants will learn:

  • What pre-project considerations are most critical
  • How to assemble a successful team from both inside and outside your organization
  • How to set a library building project budget
  • What makes a great site: location, size and ownership
  • Which levels of sustainability and LEED can bring the most value
  • About examples of successful projects during an optional tour of sites on the final day


Thursday, October 17 – 5:00-7:00pm, Opening Reception and Tour of Main Columbus Metropolitan Library  - 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus
Friday, October 18  - Full day workshop #1 at Dublin Branch - 75 N. High St., Dublin
Saturday, October 19  - Full day workshop #2 and tour of Dublin Branch
Sunday, October 20 – Optional bus tour departing from Dublin Branch. (Requires separate registration) Tour includes: Hilliard Branch, Martin Luther King Branch, Shepard Branch, Northside Branch, and Ohio State University Thompson Library.

Workshop Fees:

ALA/LLAMA members: $225.00
ALA members: $275.00

Non ALA members:  $375.00
Students:  $100.00

Sunday bus tour fee:
All participants:  $50.00

Register online now – space is limited: 

Hotel Information:

Embassy Suites Columbus/Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place
Dublin, OH 43017

LLAMA Group Rate of $149 per night, plus tax is available on the following nights: Thurs 10/17, Fri 10/18, Sat 10/19
Group Block Cut-Off Date: Thursday, September 26
Self-Parking is included for all guest rooms within the LLAMA group block.

To book a reservation, call 1-800-220-9219 and reference the group name or the three letter code listed below, or book online at:

Group Name: Library Leadership and Management Association
Group Code: LL2
Cutoff Date: 9/26


Sonesta ES Suites
435 Metro Place South
Dublin, Ohio 43017

LLAMA Group Rate of $95 per night, plus tax is available on the following nights: Thurs 10/17, Fri 10/18, Sat 10/19
Group Block Cut-Off Date: Thursday, October 3

Book a reservation online here.
Or call 1-800-SONESTA and identify yourself as part of the LLAMA group block.

More about this workshop:

Co-Chairs and Speakers

  • Elisabeth Martin, FAIA, Principal with MDA designgroup architects & planners
  • Wendy Tressler Jasper, MLIS, M.Ed., LEED GA, Manager 2020 Vision Plan/Construction with Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Denelle Wrightson, Principal with Library Planning and Design

Guest Speakers

  • Alexander P. Lamis, FAIA, Partner with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
  • Margaret Sullivan, Principal with Margaret Sullivan Studio

Tour Speakers

  • Main Library and OSU Thompson Library: David Zenk, AIA, Principal with Gund Partnership
  • Dublin Branch: Tracy Perry, LEED AP, NCARB, Senior Associate / Architect with NBBJ
  • Martin Luther King Branch and Shepard Branch: Jonathan Moody, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP, President and Partner with Moody Nolan
  • Northside Branch: Alyson Erwin, NCIDQ, Senior Associate with NBBJ
  • Hilliard Branch: Joseph Mayer, AIA, Designer and Project Architect with DesignGroup

Topics include:

  • Pre-project Preparation
    • To build new or not? Renovation vs. New Building Considerations.
    • Objectives vs. Prescriptive Requirements – how to define the optimal program. Needs vs. Wants.
    • Which types of consultants are most suited to your project definitions?
    • What kinds of funding sources might you still seek?
  • Project Team development

    • Who’s on first? Roles and Responsibilities.
    • Trustees bring value to the process.
    • Owner’s Representative – When is one beneficial and if so, how to best bring one onto your team?
    • When to hire a Construction Manager, and if so, how?
    • Your Architect – how to invite proposals, choose the best fit, and structure the contract
    • Where an attorney might bring value
  • Site considerations
    • Where, how, when? Location, location, location – site selection factors.
    • Site ownership – to own or not to own?
    • Total Building Ownership or Joint Partnerships – plusses and minuses
  • Defining the Design Structure and Process
    • From land purchase or designation to close out – examples of project structure and duration.
    • Sustainability: To LEED or not? WELL Building - General sustainable considerations to full compliance – which best suits your project?
    • Community fit – to dazzle with new or opt for a quiet fit.
  • Project quality
    • The value of long lasting finishes over the project life cycle.
  • Maintaining your value -
    • Planning for maintaining the investment.
    • Ten-year Facility Maintenance plans
    • Building Standards.
  • Ready to go – Construction Methods
    • How to select the best fit for your project?
    • Project Phasing
    • Temporary Service and Swing Space Considerations
  • Guest Speakers: Views from the Experts
    • Construction Manager
    • Owner’s Representatives
    • Architects
    • Engineers: MEP, Civil, and CA
  • Tour of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Dublin Branch led by the architects (NBBJ) including a project Summar

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Silver Level:

Gund Partnership

Korda/Nemeth Engineering


Bronze Level:

Go Sustainable Energy

Moody Nolan

About the Library Leadership and Management Association

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).