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Monticello Library

Monticello Library Opens!

A brand new Library has opened in Johnson County, and you’re invited to check it out!

The Monticello Library stands elegantly at 22435 W. 66th Street in Shawnee, KS and is the first new library location in the County since 1994. Design for Monticello Library benefitted from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for Library services in the 21st century. Scott Sime, project coordinator for the library system, said comments from residents have consistently centered around needs for meeting space, a robust children’s area and availability of diverse technology for public use.

“We haven’t built a brand-new library building since the 1990s, so it’s been a good opportunity for us to really think through what a library of the 21st century can be,” said Sime.

The Clark Enersen Partners of Lincoln, NE are the project architects, and local firm McCownGordon Construction helped bring the building to life. The two-story, 30,000+ square foot building features floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed to let in lots of natural light and to be stylishly visible to those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway. Total project cost is $18.1 million.

The Library and County identified a site in 2010, and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System made a generous donation of adjoining land to provide adequate parking.

The building’s interior incorporates flexible spaces and design strategies so it can adapt to future uses and public needs without requiring physical expansion. 

The first floor features a dramatic central stair, self-checkout stations, new books and materials as well as a large area for children’s materials and programming. There is lots of cozy seating available along the windows, study rooms, an area for DVDs, magazines and other media and a large meeting room to seat up to 100 people. View a PDF of the floor plan tour here.

The second floor hosts adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, public computers including Mac workstations, one conference room and several additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a terrace with ample seating. 

A brand new Library is opening in Johnson County, and you’re invited to check it out. Continue »

  • Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall
    Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall allow a better view into the site. Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall
  • Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library
    Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library
  • North exterior stairs under construction
    North exterior stairs will allow access to the Library on two levels. North exterior stairs under construction
  • Structural steel framing
    Structural steel framing is in place Structural steel framing
  • Topping Out
    A "topping out" ceremony was held in early June, marking the last piece of structural steel to be set in place. Topping Out
  • South precast wall erected
    South precast wall has been erected. South precast wall erected
Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall

A Wall with a View

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! In recent weeks structural steel, the elevator shaft, stairwells and pre-cast concrete wall panels have emerged on the site. And now, you can get a better glimpse as construction progresses on our next Johnson County Library.

“Portholes” have been installed in the construction barrier wall around the Library site. These windows allow for safe viewing of the progress going on behind those walls -- the new home for Lackman Library patrons.

When it opens in late 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the current Lackman Library, and will feature:

  • Kids’ area and Holds on the upper level, with convenient access from the adjacent parking garage and Lenexa Commons area
  • An “extended hours” Holds pick-up lobby for picking up your items after hours
  • Adults and Teens sections on lower level, featuring a cultural commons area, tech bar, and public art
  • A drive-through kiosk in the adjacent parking garage for convenient holds pick-up and material drop off
  • Study and conference rooms in a variety of sizes

In collaboration with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Hollis + Miller Architects designed the roughly 40,000 sq. ft. facility to seamlessly fit into the Lenexa City Center plaza and public market while still providing a distinct image for the Johnson County Library.

The exterior of the Library will feature textured walls with deep stone ledges that will engage patrons and the community by allowing for seating within the public plaza. The large roof is designed with an overhang that caps the building – to not only provide shade but also visual prominence. Limestone terrace seating will also be built into the exterior landscaping.

The Lenexa City Center Library features two entrances- the upper level providing easy paths to the Civic Plaza, Lenexa Rec Center, and City Hall; and the lower level entrance is right across from the Public Market.

And while you eagerly “watch” our progress at Lenexa City Center, continue to check back here for more updates!

 

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! In recent weeks structural steel, the elevator shaft, stairwells and pre-cast concrete wall panels have emerged on the site. And now, you can get a better glimpse as construction progresses on our next Johnson County Library.

“Portholes” have been installed in the construction barrier wall around the Library site. These windows allow for safe viewing of the progress going on behind those walls -- the new home for Lackman Library patrons.

When it opens in late 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the... Continue »

  • When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.
    When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior. When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.
  • Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library.
    Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library. Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library.
  • The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces.
    The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces. The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces.

Multicolor Monticello

Monticello Library is the newest facility in the Johnson County Library family. Its striking silhouette and bold site placement have already made it a western Shawnee landmark. When visitors enter the building on opening day – Sunday, August 5, 2018 if you hadn’t heard – they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.

The Monticello exterior features black brick, white-painted metal and dark grey concrete surfaces. These could almost be called austere excepting the vigorous angles of the library’s two stories and the elegant floor-to-ceiling windows of the north and east facades. The handsome external textures and shadowy tones offer a tease and surprising contrast to the bright interior visual adventure.

The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces. Brilliant ‘high test’ carpeting is installed on both levels, in complementary and contrasting color compositions. Some walls in the roomy Kids areas feature woven acoustical wallcoverings. This makes them especially durable for the many Kids programs we’ll be offering, and useful for the easy display of drawings and posters often seen in our branches.

The richly hued floors lend their palette to feature walls in public areas and meeting rooms throughout the building. These occasionally are framed by subtle wood and brushed laminate textures. Restrooms upstairs and down feature entries and interior walls of shiny, generously proportioned primary-colored tiles set in white or grey mortar. Their vivid grids boldly contrast the planes of walls, ceilings and windows across the Library.

We are eager to welcome you to the new Monticello Library when we open, so you can experience this rewarding aesthetic tour de force yourself!

Monticello Library is the newest facility in the Johnson County Library family. Its striking silhouette and bold site placement have already made it a western Shawnee landmark. When visitors enter the building on opening day – Sunday, August 5, 2018 if you hadn’t heard – they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.

The Monticello exterior features black brick, white-painted metal and dark grey concrete surfaces. These could almost be called austere excepting the vigorous angles of the library’s two stories and the elegant floor-to-ceiling windows of the north and east facades. The handsome external textures and shadowy tones offer a tease and surprising contrast to the bright interior visual adventure... Continue »

  • The glass-heavy design makes the new Library look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside
    The glass-heavy design makes the new Library look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside, encouraging more people to use it. The glass-heavy design makes the new Library look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside
  • The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.
    The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.  The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.
  • The two-story Monticello Library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides.
    The two-story Monticello Library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides. The two-story Monticello Library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides.
  • Visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes.
    Visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes. Visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes.
The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.

Natural Lighting is Key to Design

The last time Johnson County built a new library was in 1994, 24 years ago. And a lot has changed since then. Don’t expect to find your father’s library at our newest location.

This summer, visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes. The two-story library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides, a modern look designed to not only let in lots of natural light, but also to attract attention from those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Matt Glawatz, an architect with The Clark Enersen Partners – the firm who designed the new library, said the glass-heavy design makes the building look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside, encouraging more people to use it.

“Libraries are very much about information and making sure information is relevant and current and thinking about what’s next, looking to the future,” Glawatz said. “I think the way the building expresses itself aligns with that notion of looking to the future.”

The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors. Together with advanced technology, the open floor plan incorporates flexible spaces, raised floors and other design strategies so it can adapt to future uses and public needs in the coming decades.

And while the glass walls enable patrons to connect visually to the exterior landscape, a patio area on the second-floor offers an invitation to step out and enjoy the outdoors– with a book, or while enjoying the Library’s free wireless access.

The last time Johnson County built a new library was in 1994, 24 years ago. And a lot has changed since then. Don’t expect to find your father’s library at our newest location.

This summer, visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes. The two-story library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides, a modern look designed to not only let in lots of natural light, but also to attract attention from those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Matt Glawatz, an architect with The Clark Enersen Partners – the firm who designed the new library, said the glass-heavy... Continue »

Monticello Opens

Monticello Opening

Monticello Library to Open Sunday, August 5, 2018!

Long-awaited branch inaugurates services in Western Shawnee!

The new Monticello Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their April board meeting. The August 5 event will be low-key, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. “We know how eager our residents are to get into this beautiful facility,” she says, “so we are inaugurating services quickly, and people can start using their new Library right away.” The doors will open promptly at 1 pm. Activities will include tours of the new building conducted by Library staff and opportunity to meet artists who’ve created new works of public art to be installed at the site. The afternoon event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours, making Monticello the fifth library in the County open on Sundays.

Monticello Library to Open Sunday, August 5, 2018!

Long-awaited branch inaugurates services in Western Shawnee!

The new Monticello Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their April board meeting. The August 5 event will be low-key, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. “We know how eager our residents are to get into this beautiful facility,” she says, “so we are inaugurating services quickly, and people can start using their new Library right away.” The doors will open promptly at 1 pm. Activities will include tours of the new building conducted by Library staff and opportunity to meet artists who’ve created... Continue »

  • Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library
    Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library
  • The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab.
    The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab. The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab.
  • Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services.
    Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services.
  • The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration.
    The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration. The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration.

Designed with Flexibility in Mind

Monticello Library is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time. We’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs.

As renderings show, there are few permanent interior walls in the Monticello Library. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. These are a staple in many factories and laboratories.

A raised floor, also raised flooring, access flooring or raised access computer floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate like a concrete slab to create a hidden space about 8” tall for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and permit quick reconfiguration of service areas and departments.

Here are some images of the floors being installed in public and staff areas at Monticello. If you feel taller when you go to Monticello Library, just think: you are!

Monticello Library is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time. We’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs.

As renderings show, there are few permanent interior walls in the Monticello Library. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. These are a staple in many factories and laboratories.

A raised floor, also raised flooring, access flooring or raised access computer floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate like a concrete slab to create a hidden space about 8” tall... Continue »

Lenexa City Center signage

Signs of Progress

While we’re building the Lenexa City Center Library, Construction Manager Turner Construction Company has arranged for a barrier wall facing the popular Public Market and City Hall. The Library designed the images to reflect our patrons, services and programs, along with a rendering of the completed library building. In total, it’s more than 250 feet of Library imagery! The signs were fabricated and installed by Lawrence, KS-based Star Signs. You can also see their handiwork at the Central and Oak Park Libraries. Read more news about our new building projects »

While we’re building the Lenexa City Center Library, Construction Manager Turner Construction Company has arranged for a barrier wall facing the popular Public Market and City Hall. The Library designed the images to reflect our patrons, services and programs, along with a rendering of the completed library building. In total, it’s more than 250 feet of Library imagery! The signs were fabricated and installed by Lawrence, KS-based Star Signs. You can also see their handiwork at the Central and Oak Park Libraries. Read more news about our new building projects »

Lacie and Michelle

I Like It Better Over There

When Monticello Library opens later this year, it will house a circulating collection of almost 100,000 items: books, CDs and DVDs. There are also shelves for Holds, Periodicals and Newspapers. That’s a lot of shelves,  at least 1900 linear feet at last count.

Our resident specialists in shelf capacity and location are Michelle Olsen, Circulation Manager, and Lacie Griffin, Collection Development Manager. As part of the building design and construction process, they’ve logged hundreds of hours poring over layouts, blueprints, floorplans and diagrams to maximize our shelf locations to make as much material as possible available to patrons of our newest branch.

As you may well understand, they like to get it right the first time. A “range” of shelves is made of 7 shelving units side-by-side and back-to-back. Each unit contains 5 shelves and is 64” tall x 36” wide x 12” deep. SO: each 21-foot long range contains 70 shelves, and at an estimated 100 pounds per shelf, that’s almost 4 tons of books! It takes a lot to get them moved, so you can see why we do so much planning!

When Monticello Library opens later this year, it will house a circulating collection of almost 100,000 items: books, CDs and DVDs. There are also shelves for Holds, Periodicals and Newspapers. That’s a lot of shelves,  at least 1900 linear feet at last count.

Our resident specialists in shelf capacity and location are Michelle Olsen, Circulation Manager, and Lacie Griffin, Collection Development Manager. As part of the building design and construction process, they’ve logged hundreds of hours poring over layouts, blueprints, floorplans and diagrams to maximize our shelf locations to make as much material as possible available to patrons of our newest branch.

As you may well understand, they like to get it right the first... Continue »

Monticello sorter

Library Robots!

Ok, well, we don't quite have robot helpers, yet. But we have next best thing at some of our branches: automated sorting! The Library circulates around 7 million items per year. When you place a hold to pick up at a conveniently located branch, we work to get it there as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to our friendly staff, we’re using technology to improve our work. Coming soon to Corinth, Antioch, Monticello and Lenexa City Center: automated sorting! The image here illustrates the kind of sorter we’ll be installing.This helps materials get checked in and routed to you faster. You can watch automated sorting at work already at Central, Blue Valley and Leawood. 

Ok, well, we don't quite have robot helpers, yet. But we have next best thing at some of our branches: automated sorting! The Library circulates around 7 million items per year. When you place a hold to pick up at a conveniently located branch, we work to get it there as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to our friendly staff, we’re using technology to improve our work. Coming soon to Corinth, Antioch, Monticello and Lenexa City Center: automated sorting! The image here illustrates the kind of sorter we’ll be installing.This helps materials get checked in and routed to you faster. You can watch automated sorting at work already at Central, Blue Valley and Leawood. 

Monticello Library

Comprehensive Library Master Plan Update: Spring 2018

Monticello Library @ 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee (pictured here)

  • Opening: planned 3rd quarter 2018
  • Total project cost: $18.1 million
  • Monticello Library “sealed the envelope,” as they say in the construction trade, as winter set in. Once the exterior of the building is closed up, work begins in earnest to finish the interiors and to make the building systems operational while librarians are assembling the collection. By spring 2018, the building’s interior surfaces will be the bright, modern colors and textures seen in the Monticello fly-through video.

Lenexa City Center Library @ 8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa

  • Opening: planned mid-2019
  • Total project cost: $21.1 million
  • The Board of County Commissioners and the Library’s Board of Directors broke ground for Lenexa City Center Library on Nov. 28, 2017. This stunning new facility comprises approximately 40,000 square feet on two levels. This will double the size and replace the existing Lackman Library. The dynamic open floor plan at Lenexa City Center Library will permit rearrangement when needed, as the Library’s service population grows and changes.

Blue Valley Library @ 9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park

  • Schedule and project budget in process
  • The September 2017 Blue Valley Library public input process received responses from more than 2,000 residents. Neighbors and Library users offered their views on placement of the Library on the site, number of stories and various parking solutions. The input received is informing the ongoing Library and City of Overland Park study for this important Library project scheduled for 2022.

Monticello Library @ 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee (pictured here)

  • Opening: planned 3rd quarter 2018
  • Total project cost: $18.1 million
  • Monticello Library “sealed the envelope,” as they say in the construction trade, as winter set in. Once the exterior of the building is closed up, work begins in earnest to finish the interiors and to make the building systems operational while librarians are assembling the collection. By spring 2018, the building’s interior surfaces will be the bright, modern colors and textures seen in the Monticello fly-through video.

Lenexa City Center Library @ 8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa

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