Warren-Newport Public Library
Library Renovation and Addition
Nagle Hartray was chosen to expand and renovate a building comprising the original 1970s Library with two subsequent additions, including a 1996 addition that doubled its size. While this last addition contributed significantly to the library’s modern’ identity, it did little to alleviate the overcrowded and inefficient staff spaces hidden from public view. The primary focus of the new project was to address these unmet needs and create a more functional and accessible space for both staff and visitors.
  • Project Type
    • Building
  • Status
  • Delivery Method
    • Construction Management At-Risk
  • Services
  • Location
    • Gurnee, IL
  • Duration
    • 10 Months
  • Size
    • 58,880 sqft
  • Architect
    • Nagle Hartray Architects

Project Overview

The building that Nagle Hartray was selected to expand and renovate consisted of the original 1970s Library with two additions including a 1996 addition that doubled the Library's size. This last addition did much to create a 'modern' identity for the library, but little to untangle the rabbits warren of overcrowded staff spaces out of public view. The primary purpose of the new project was to address these unmet needs.

The scope of work involved 18,880 sqft of light remodeling, including the replacement of carpet, lighting, and paint while 31,000 sqft involved heavy renovation. 5,000 sqft of new space was added in the form of a community meeting room. The most substantial work was the renovation of back of house spaces that included the creation of an internal corridor system to foster staff interaction not possible before. On the public side, new group study rooms, a computer lab, a teen room and a storytime room brought the Library up to date in public library design.

The Library's neighbors include village hall, the police station and the local high school, all of which are rendered traditionally in red brick. Nagle Hartray bridged the aesthetic divide between the Library's modern building and its civic neighbors by repeating the Library's sloped roof form and cladding the addition in red rain screen panels that complement its brick-clad neighbors and recall the agrarian architecture of the community's past.