New City Library

PROJECT: New Moorpark City Library

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

Recognizing that the needs of the community have outgrown the capabilities of the City’s public library, the City has embarked on a project to construct a new, modern library to serve our residents. 

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

The City’s architect, LPA, has conceived two potential architectural styles for the New Moorpark City Library. City staff believe that either style would be appropriate on High Street, but we are interested in hearing from you. Click on the images below to see 3-D renderings of each design. (Images updated 5/20 based on recent community input.)

What do you like about each?  What don’t you like about each?  Click here to take the survey and make your voice heard in the design of YOUR Library.  Survey open through May 30th!

Agrarian Inspired Design

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Industrial Inspired Design

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Agrarian Architecture:  This building style tends to focus on incorporating local materials into buildings with farm type elements that are often rustic, organic, and comfortable. This style was meant to pay homage to the agricultural past of Moorpark, which began largely as a farming community in the late 1800’s. The building is designed to evoke feelings of a barn that’s been repurposed into a library, with use of barn doors and accordion windows to allow programming to spill outside onto the porches. The interior of the facility will feature similar barn style architectural elements with wood beams, natural light, while still being an efficient modern building.Industrial Architecture: Industrial buildings are characterized by wide-open spaces, a minimalist aesthetic, exposed materials and utilities, and an efficient use of natural light. This style is intended to be a nod towards the growth of Moorpark away from a farming community towards a modern industrial community with manufacturing and retail at its economic core. The brick style mirrors some of the brick elements seen in earlier High Street Architecture, with some updated elements, such as metal awnings, tall deep set windows, and accordion doors to allow programming to spill out on to the wraparound porches. The interior of the facility will feature industrial style elements, like open ceilings with exposed ductwork and brickwork throughout.
Let us know what you think about the New Library Architecture options.
CLICK HERE TO GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK


PAST EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: On May 16, 2022 the City’s held an in-person community workshop to showcase two new design proposals for the new library architecture.  Click on each of the images above to view the design proposals, then let us know what you think here.

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING: On March 24, 2021 the City's design team updated the City Council on the progress to date and received guidance on the floorplan layout and exterior design. The meeting is available to view at the following link: https://moorpark.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=138&clip_id=2346.


TEEN COUNCIL WORKSHOP: On March 3, 2021 the Moorpark Teen Council hosted a discussion between the City's planning team and teens from the Moorpark community to discuss features planned for the teen space in the new Library. The meeting provided lots of good feedback and ideas for the teen area.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: On February 24, 2021 the City held its second community workshop for the New City Library. This virtual event provided updates on the development process and collected input on the children's space, teen space and preliminary architectural considerations. A total of 23 participants logged in to the event, which was recorded and is available to view on Youtube at the link to the right.CLICK HERE to watch
Community Workshop #2
(February 24, 2021)
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COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: On Wednesday, December 9, 2021 the City held its first community workshop for the New City Library. This virtual event provided updates on the development process and collected input on various aspects of the Library. A total of 22 participants logged in to the event, which was recorded and is available to view on YouTube at the link to the right. CLICK HERE to watch
Community Workshop #1
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COMMUNITY SURVEY: In 2018 a survey was distributed to collect feedback about what features the community wished to see in the new facility. A total of 756 responses were collected. This feedback is being used by the library consultant in planning the new facility.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

In 2016, the Moorpark City Council selected a site for the library on the north side of High Street, across from the Post Office, and authorized staff to move forward with the design of a new 18,000 sq. ft. City library. The site was selected not only to support the ongoing development of Moorpark’s downtown area, but also due to its proximity to several neighborhood schools. The following year library consultant Linda Demmers was hired to assist staff with community engagement, planning, programming, architecture review and consultation to ensure that the ultimate layout and function of the library will meet the City’s and community’s needs.

In 2018 the City Council directed staff to update the Civic Center Master Plan to provide a planning framework for a civic center campus that includes a new city hall and the planned New City Library. Architectural firm CWA AIA, Inc. was hired to lead this effort and to design the new City Library. CWA AIA's library experience includes designing the Camarillo Library and the Stevenson Ranch Library, among others.

In the Summer of 2020 the City Council approved a conceptual design for a Civic Center Master Plan, which incorporates not only the new library, but also a new City Hall development north of the new library site. This master plan concept creates a strong civic anchor to the High Street corridor, allows for the continuation of commercial uses down the extended portion of High Street, and provides flexibility for future re-use of the existing Civic Center properties. Initially, however, the City’s focus is on the construction of the new library. Work on designing the new library is now underway, and library and City staff are excited to move one step closer to a new modern library for Moorpark and its residents.

Contact

Jessica Sandifer 
Community Services Manager 
Email
(805) 517-6225

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