project updates

Welcome to projects updates!  Scroll down to see what the design team has been working on and give us feedback.  We would appreciate any insight you might have on our progress and what we can do to improve the library site.  There is an opportunity to leave comments at the bottom of the page.

previous Bubble diagrams

The following bubble diagrams present two programming options for the Lone Cone Library site design. These are big-picture views suggesting how and where programs could exist on site and are intended to solicit feedback. The design team organized library programming into five categories: Youth/Education, Gardening, Event Spaces, Theme/Culture and Amenities. Following each diagram are precedent images intended to give an idea of what certain design features could be and look like. Please let us know your thoughts on these diagrams at the bottom of the page. Your feedback will be used to create a final bubble diagram that will inform the final site design.
Preferred Option

This option for the Lone Cone Library site includes a trail that takes visitors through more secluded, low maintenance areas to the southwest and more active, higher maintenance areas toward the northeast. The west side of the site consists mostly of food forest, permaculture and native plant areas. Native plantings that are flood tolerant can be planted along the drainage way to take advantage of this water source and beautify the space. At the south end of the site, quieter programming areas could be placed such as an outdoor classroom that doubles as a yoga space, an observatory and reading nooks scattered among the food forest and permaculture gardens. Closer to the library, more active programming can be found such as the kids’ area, amphitheater, vegetable gardens with a fence to keep our deer, a pet rest area and a rain barrel that could provide water for a drip irrigation demonstration garden. Sculptures could be incorporated in the xeriscaping around the library to instill a sense of community pride. The northeast corner of the site contains the most active programming including an interactive educational story walk, an outdoor classroom and a bouldering wall with a nature playground. If possible, the retention pond could double as a mini amphitheater with concrete seating for use during dry seasons. Solar powered tables could also be placed around the retention pond and story walk for additional study areas.

bubble diagram
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Precedent Images
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alternative Option

This alternative site option focuses on flexibility and multipurpose outdoor event spaces. The two-way event lawn becomes the focal point for yoga classes, movie nights, and community events at the observatory. On the other side of the observatory sits a sculpture plaza with readings nooks and trees buffering wind and noise. During the day the south side patio can be utilized for youth programs, or used as a shaded and peaceful reading space, complete with a fire pit. Reading nooks continue along the west side, leading to the outdoor classroom to the north and the native plant gardens. Native plant gardens, watered by the nearby rainwater collection bin, buffer the outdoor classroom from noise and serve as an educational opportunity for youth. Nearby kid-friendly boulders can be climbed or used as additional seating, and along with the ropes climbing course, can showcase the library’s unique climbing collection. The future nature play space acts as an extension of town park, further inviting people onto the library’s grounds. Along the entry, the front patio welcomes guests and kicks off the story walk around the perimeter of the building, inviting visitors to explore other areas. Community garden beds along the main entrance create a greater sense of community as one enters the site, while also offering close, convenient access to parking and the garden shed.

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Precedent Images
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we want to hear from you

What do you like about the combined bubble diagram?

Is there anything you think is missing from the combined bubble diagram?

Is there anything shown in the diagram that you think wouldn't work or shouldn't be included?

Do you think the design portrayed in this bubble diagram effectively facilitates the needs of Lone Cone Library?

Thank you for your valuable feedback!

combined Bubble diagram

The combined option for the Lone Cone Library site includes a trail that takes visitors through more secluded areas to the south to more active areas toward the north. The west side of the site consists mostly of native plant and pollinator areas along the existing drainage way to take advantage of this water source and beautify the space. At the south end of the site, quieter less-frequented programming areas could be placed such as community gardens, an outdoor classroom, the observatory and reading nooks scattered among the food forest. Closer to the library, more active programming can be found beginning with the two way amphitheater. The existing elevated walkway to the south of the building divides the event lawn with an informal stage to the south and an amphitheater with semi-circle step seating facing the patio to the north. A telescope pad built into the informal stage could compliment the observatory directly to the south and accommodate observatory events. Other program areas around the library include a kids’ area, a pet rest area and rain barrels that could provide water for drip irrigation demonstration gardens. Sculptures could be incorporated in the xeriscaping around the library to instill a sense of community pride. The northeast corner of the site contains the most active programming including an outdoor classroom with stepped concrete seating built into the existing detention pond, an interactive educational story walk, a bouldering area and ropes courses near the crossing to the Town Park. Solar powered tables could also be placed around the retention pond and story walk for additional study areas. The median in the parking lot at the east end of the site could be turned into an educational, low maintenance native plant grassland to beautify the space and educate visitors on native plants.

bubble diagram
Combined Option
Precedent Images
Combined Option Precedents

Previous updates

Site analysis
The Lone Cone Library lies on the southern part of town off S. Pinion St.  The site currently contains a parking lot, sidewalks, a patio area, some lighting, a storm water retention basin, and some xeriscaping. There is also an area to the south of the building, beside the patio, that looks as though it has been graded for an amphitheater.  Ideas have been presented to plant an orchard to the south of the library.
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