In 2020-2021, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh underwent an extensive renovation and expansion at their Downtown branch. The newly expanded 21,400 SF library is approximately 68% larger and fully ADA compliant.
The project involved the interior renovation of approximately 7,655 SF on the first floor of the current library location and an additional 13,735 SF on the second floor. Minor, non-structural demolition was required in the existing lower level of the building. The Library’s portion of the building façade underwent exterior renovations as part of the project as well.
The reimagined first floor features an open, two-story foyer, a welcoming window seating area and ample space for collections, resources and technology. Accessible by elevator or the grand staircase, the second floor includes dynamic spaces for children, teens and adults, as well as meeting rooms for large groups and co-working and quiet workspaces for smaller gatherings.