New Rocklin Library to have ties to railroad

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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Plans for the Rocklin library are chugging along. Despite the new location, the library will be inspired by old traditions – of the railroad. Taken on by Anderson Brulé Architects, the 16,600-foot space will not only house thousands of books, but will take people back in time. A time when railroads ran Rocklin. Each of the four corners within the space will transform into railroad caboose-like boxes with canopies, rails and round windows, said Anne Sherwood, interior designer for Anderson Brulé Architects, at last Tuesday’s Rocklin City Council meeting. “I think these will be wonderful little magical places,” Sherwood said of the kid-friendly cabooses. Sherwood said the interior design is inspired by images of Placer County – blue skies, greenery in fields and spicy, coppery colors from aged wood. The colors and outdoor feel will be implemented into the space, especially by taking advantage of the pond and water fountain view at the intersection of Rocklin Road and Granite Drive. A seating area will give visitors views of the water features. Pops of color will break out the children’s sections from the adults and teens, Sherwood said, while art deco style will appear in the adult reading spaces. The information and reference desk will be housed in a “roundhouse” element on both the first and second floors for easy accessibility. Pieces of the library’s ceiling will be railroad inspired with wood-slat ceilings, Sherwood said, which mimics the look of train tracks. “We want a sense of ‘wow, this is really cool,’” Craig Blackhurst, senior architect with Anderson Brulé Architects said. The library’s first floor will house new books, current topics and books geared toward the younger tots to tween audience. Moving to the second floor will be sections for teen and adult readers, Blackhurst said. “The new library is going to be a very exciting thing for Rocklin,” said Brad Cox, principal with Anderson Brulé Architects. Currently, the team is working on drawing designs. Cox said they hope to get permits and begin the bidding stage in October, followed by construction to reach their goal for completion in June of 2010. Through community events, the team was able to get a feel for what the community of Rocklin wanted to see in the new library. What resulted was not only more than 600 people responding to a survey, but it included specific wants such as a friendly, inviting and welcoming feel, a functional space, durable and incorporating “green” design. One way the design firm will easily incorporate sustainable design is through the contribution of furnishings left behind from the closing of Borders at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. The use of the recycled furniture not only saved money, but keeps with the green theme. With an approved $5.9 million budget, approved in September, the library’s design is underway, as one of the newest branches of Placer County libraries. “We’re very excited about the way this project is shaping up,” said Mark Parker, Placer County director of Library Services. “We’ve been working extremely hard to keep this library project on time and on budget.”