Outline of topics for innovation and design best practices in the delivery of new library spaces

The following topics are of interest to Multnomah County Libraries as we consider the renovation or expansion of existing and construction of new library spaces.  This list of topics will continue to be refined over time. For more information contact the Library Facilities Manager, Alene Davis, at alened@multco.us.

Designing spaces to support diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Welcoming and Supportive Architecture
  • Support Diverse Cultures
    • Critical Race Theory - what it tells us about space design
    • Spaces for community art
    • Engaging minority cultures in designing spaces
  • Supporting Community Place-Making
    • Co-locating services
    • Proximity to synergic services
    • Proximity to public transportation
  • Design to Support Intellectual Freedom
    • Spaces for debate
    • Spaces for quiet study
    • Spaces for group study
  • Contributing to the Social Infrastructure of a Community
  • Partnering with local service providers
    • Supporting unhoused patrons
    • Education resources, job training, connection to services
  • Design to support informal user interaction
    • Design that removes barriers
      • Universal Access for patrons and staff (incl. flexibility to address ADA/medical accommodations)
        • Secure space for personal belongings
    • Trauma Informed Design
      • Incorporate best practices and principles of trauma informed design
      • Create spaces that are welcoming for all people; should have elements that show our commitment to a safe environment. For previously traumatized patrons, creating welcoming spaces is crucial. 
    • Welcoming patrons experiencing houselessness
  • Design that respects the local context, history of the region
  • Design aligned with local municipal guidelines. 

Healthy Buildings

  • Resiliency 
    • Earthquake
    • Human/emotional
  • Sustainability in Library Designs
    • Opportunities to Learn/Teach Sustainability through the architecture
    • Explore and define sustainability goals achievable for each project. Stretch goals may include: 
      • Regenerative design 
      • Net-zero 
      • Living Building challenge 
      • Geothermal, variable refrigerant flow (VRF), solar, combined heat and power (CHP) technologies 
      • Stormwater catchment and grey water usage
  • Designing for Future Flexibility 
  • Daylighting and Views
  • Connection to Nature
    • Biophilia
  • Inspirational Spaces/Great Design
  • Healthy Materials
    • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Supporting a Green Fleet strategy
  • Safety/Security
    • CPTED - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • Wellness spaces to support employees after experiencing difficult interactions
  • Maintenance and Long-Term Operations
    • Ease and cost of maintenance
    • Durability
    • Flexibility
    • Life Cycle Costs
  • Continuity of Operations
    • Seismic Resiliency
    • EM Role in the larger community following a natural disaster

 
Innovative Libraries

  • Innovative Design Process Strategies (see also Project Delivery)
  • Library Design for the Future of Libraries
    • Spaces to support innovative activities and programs
    • Automated Materials Handling (AMH)
  • Staff Intensity and Workflow Efficiencies of Library Spaces
  • Designing for current and future technology
  • Flexible spaces
    • HVAC zoning to allow for flexible uses of spaces
  • Precedent Studies, with images library
  • Program Partnerships
  • Signage, Wayfinding, Graphics & Branding
  • Spaces that support efficient staffing models
  • Technology (incl. AV/IT)
  • Public Art - artists; local engagement
  • Designing for Elections Services at Libraries

Project Delivery

  • Collaborative Project Delivery - A/E and CMGC both on board at the beginning of the project
  • Value-Based or Quality Based Selection (QBS) Team Selection/Procurement
  • Target Value Design
  • Project Charters
  • Design Thinking - inspiration, ideation, iteration
  • Decision-making
  • Conflict management
  • Engagement & Participatory Design
    • Stakeholder engagement
      • Local neighborhoods
      • Youth, Teens, Adults, Elderly 
      • BIPOC and immigrant communities
      • Unhoused communities
      • LGBTQIA communities
      • Other groups, TBD
    • Staff engagement
    • Community/user engagement in space design
  • Safety and Compliance

Designing for Operations & Maintenance

  • Ease of Maintenance and Long-Term Operations
  • Life Cycle Cost
  • Project Documentation and Long-term record management/updates/technology
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
    • BIM Management Plan
    • Level of Detail/Development (LOD) 
  • Facilities Management
  • Safety and security