Client:Sarasota County
Location :Venice, Florida
Budget :$9,420,461
Architect :Sweet Sparkman Architects
Completion :November 2018

Sarasota County Venice Library

The Venice Public Library project will be a replacement of the existing library building and include the construction of parking, drives, utility infrastructure improvements, landscaping, site lighting, drainage, and storm water management facilities.  The new Venice Library will be designed as a hybrid model, exemplifying a blend of the latest practices in service delivery with more traditional services that remain relevant to community needs. The library will offer lending, reference and youth services, public access computers, wireless internet access, information and educational programs, while serving as a community gathering space. The new library will employ strategies to reduce energy costs and provide opportunities for installation of automation equipment for increased efficiency.

A drive-through book and media drop-off area(s), self-check technology, automated materials check-in and sorting technologies, and other technologies to improve the customer experience will be considered in the design. Meeting rooms will be equipped with the most current computer, projection and video conferencing technology.  It is anticipated final construction completion will occur Fall 2018.

CURRENT STATUS (as of 11/16/ 2018)

Sitework:
Phase II is underway.  Sitework is near completion.  Final tree count and layout is pending resolution with City of Venice Zoning and Landscape review.

Building:
Structure is complete.  Power and AC are running.  Finishes are near completion.  The stone cladding, pop up roofs, exterior painting, fountain and signage are in progress.