Albuquerque Museum - Phase I Expansion
Albuquerque Museum - Phase II Renovation
Farmington Gateway Museum
Farmington Nature Center
New Mexico Museum of Space History
New Mexico Veteran's Museum
City of Albuquerque Westside Library
Roswell Public Library
UNM Gallup Zollinger Library
Village of Cuba Public Library
Williams Memorial Library
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church
“Rohde May Keller McNamara has not only been able to please these diverse groups, but have provided our community with an outstanding library design which is as functional as it is beautiful. I have worked with a number of architects over my past twenty-five years in government, and I can state without hesitation that Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture is the most professional and innovative architectural firm I have encountered.”
Assistant City Manager
City of Roswell
Architecture | Planning | Interiors
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ROSWELL PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Roswell Public Library has been a cornerstone of Roswell culture since the city’s earliest days. In 1978 the existing flagstone, red tile roof and beige colored stucco building was constructed to replace a smaller, outdated facility. The existing library was organized upon a diagonal geometry that created a somewhat disorienting experience for patrons, particularly as the facility continued to overcrowd with expanding collections. The interior was characterized by relatively low drop ceilings and an institutional lighting scheme. All functions were in need of expansion (well beyond the budget) so the most important program goal of the library’s expansion quickly became “maximize our space.”
The library expansion faced many challenges including working with an existing building on a relatively small site within a very tight construction budget. The project required organizing and planning significant building demolition, major renovations and new construction while maintaining library service operations and safe public access. During the 15 month construction period the Library never closed.
The resulting product is open, engaging, dynamic, has relieved much overcrowding, provides naturally lit entry and circulation areas and provides ample space for movement and small group discussions. Reading areas are identifiable from the exterior as ‘glass pavilions’ intersecting the existing flagstone and stucco building. On the interior, they are identified as inviting, light filled reading rooms with comfortable sitting areas.