The New Slover Memorial Library Main Branch
Designed by Newman Architects of Connecticut and executed locally by Norfolk's Tymoff+Moss, the project included the restoration of the 115-year old Seabord building, an old postal facility built in 1897, according to a news release. Richmond-based Timmons Group with offices in Hampton Roads provided civil engineering, surveying and LEED-certified guidance for the project.
The 138,000-square-foot library includes a seven-story glass atrium, technology center, meeting rooms, and the renovation of the adjacent civic building, Seldon Arcade (1900s).
Construction began in June 2012 by Archer Western Contractors and totaled $65 million. Funding sources included a $20 million donation from Frank Batten Sr., a $20 million donation from the Batten Foundation, $22.6 million in funding from Norfolk and private contributions through the Slover Library Foundation.
In addition to more than 160,000 books, Slover Memorial Library will offer 130 public access computers, free Wi-Fi, self-checkout and classes and event programs for people of all ages.
2015 Slover Memorial Library