New Plans For Library Mesh Form With Function

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Judy Buettner, president of the Friends of the Payson Library, said Lawrence Enyart Architects has gone "the extra mile" to design a structure that meets the needs of the library without adding a lot of frills.

Buettner said last week that the Library Policy Committee met with Lawrence Enyart after it consulted with the architect and asked for some changes.

"The resulting one-story structure, with large open areas for shelving arranged around a circular circulation center, within an expandable building, meets the guidelines we requested," Buettner said.

Town Manager Rich Underkofler said the design was substantially overhauled after public comments were received.

"It's an Alpine-type building with hip roofs, not flat, and lots of glass," he said. "It also has an open interior."

The most dramatic design change involved the floor plan, Underkofler said, which was altered from a two-story building to a one-story building.

The building will be built on about four acres of town-owned land west of McLane Road and south of the main entrance to Rumsey Park.

Library patrons will share a parking lot with the people who are expected to use a proposed soccer field, which is set to be built where the rodeo grounds are presently located.

Buettner said the building will be light and airy with space for separate areas of interest and a multi-purpose room for community meetings.

Outside, stone supports will surround benches for seating. Inside, a skylight will provide light for the circulation area.

"The policy committee feels we have finally generated the best design for the new Payson Library," Buettner said.

The Town Council has budgeted $400,000 in the 1999-2000 budget for the library. Underkofler said officials had estimated that the 15,000-square-foot building would cost $2 million, but the building will now be about 15,500 square feet.

"We're figuring about $100 a square foot," he said. "But there's always a lot of overhead, and prices always seem to come in at more."

He said the town's current plan is to try to finance the building using cash, not credit. "It will probably be built in fiscal year 2000-2001," he said. "It's one or two years out."

On June 10, donations for the library surpassed the $200,000 mark. Library supporters hope to soon exceed their goal of $250,000 to furnish the building.

Fifty-eight area businesses and 36 organizations have made donations to the project and 86 of 454 individuals who made donations to the effort gave cash in memory of deceased loved ones.

The policy committee will hold a public meeting at noon July 19 at the Payson Library on Main Street to review the revised plans.

Donations designated for the building fund can be brought to the Payson Public Library or sent to: Library Friends of Payson, P.O. Box 13, Payson, AZ 85547. For information, or to arrange for bequeathments, call Jackie Ricker, 520-474-9456.

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