Legacy Charter School

Greenville,

Library Programming

Legacy Charter School engaged B&D in 2015 to conduct a library planning and programming analysis for the institution’s Elementary and Parker Campus locations. The school wished to develop two state-of-the-art libraries to address current and future space needs and enhance the overall campus environment. The project scope included building a new library on the Elementary Campus and renovating the Parker Campus’s existing library in order to effectively and directly respond to the needs of each campus’s unique population. Our work plan included a Strategic Asset Value visioning session to affirm the school’s strategic goals and objectives as they relate to the project; a research and assessment effort that included a class schedules review, a campus utilization analysis, and a resource needs assessment to identify the driving factors for each campus’s library space; and the development of two outline programs to translate the plan’s findings and recommendations into project concepts for each campus that responded to the school’s strategic objectives. Through the planning process, it became clear that space limitations related to experiential learning and social engagement, as well as a desire for increased access to technology, were areas to address. For the Elementary Campus’s new library, we recommended a 4,500 SF facility that would include a hands-on “Learning Lab,” an interactive technology station, and an outdoor classroom among other, more common, library spaces. The recommended renovation program for the 7,000 SF Parker Campus’s library called for two social lounge areas (one for middle school students and one for early college students), a computer / graphics lab, an experiential learning classroom, and a variety of collaboration areas to support group research and more common library spaces. Following the planning effort, the programs were used to inform the design and construction/renovation of each facility, both of which are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2016.