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Elmhurst Community Library
86-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY
Client: Queens Public Library
Architect: Marpillero Pollak Architects
Size: 30,000 s.f.
Cost: $19 million
Stalco served as general contractor for the new Elmhurst Community Library, the second busiest branch of the Queens Public Library, the largest library system in the nation. The new structure served as a High Performance Pilot Project and received a LEED Silver certification. It features state-of-the-art learning and information technology.
The project encompassed demolition of the pre-existing structure and construction of a three-story library building with an adjacent community park and learning garden. The new branch features a steel frame structural system and terracotta-clad façade. The structural and architectural designs allow for a potential future expansion.
The new library houses an entry plaza, Carnegie brick wall commemorating the original library building, lobby with new arrivals display, Park Reading Room, Broadway Reading Room, teen space, children’s library, adult learning center and classrooms, two stairs, main circulation spine, newsstand kiosk, Carnegie Room, and staff break room. The Park Reading Room is located at the center of building and visually connects to the adjacent park and garden, while the Broadway Reading Room overlooks the street and features artist Allan McCollum’s 20’ x 20’ “Shapes” wall installation.
The logistics of the construction process were highly complex, as the site provided a very limited materials storage space and is bordered by two busy streets, including Broadway, a major commercial thoroughfare. Prior to the commencement of the excavation, the team underpinned the high-rise residential building directly adjacent to the south edge of the library site.

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