A $5.2 million state-of-the-art public library highlighted by myriad green amenities is poised for construction in Goodlettsville.
The Nashville Public Library board unanimously approved design plans submitted by the architectural firm Gobbell Hays Partners Inc., formally laying out the vision for a new Goodlettsville branch library at the corner of Rivergate Parkway and Donald Avenue near Goodlettsville Elementary School. The building will replace a smaller facility on Old Brick Church Pike used by Metro since 1968.
Mayor Karl Dean appropriated funding for the project in his capital-spending budget. Now the board must hire a construction firm to lead the plan’s implementation. Project leaders anticipate work to begin by the spring, in time for a summer 2011 opening.
Unlike the existing Goodlettsville library, the new LEED-silver certified library will feature of a number of components geared toward environmental friendliness –– pervious parking pavement, open green space, infrastructure for future solar-energy equipment, an outdoor classroom, a rock garden and perhaps an organic “discovery garden” that could be used by visiting students.
Inside, the building will boast hardwood floors, allowing guests to take in food and drinks, which combined with lounge seating is designed to create a “Starbucks feel.” Besides traditional book stacks and computer space, the facility will include a teen room, a preschool area and a meeting room that can hold up to 100 occupants.