Tosh, who found out the library project became green-lighted the day his 4-year-old daughter was born, said the philosophy behind the interior work for Phase II is to transform the sprawling space into something more inviting.
The interior budget is still fluid since more money is being raised for the second phase but Tosh said he has already drawn the library for a base bid.
“Our goal is to make it look as good as possible in spite of it being a big building,” he said. “It will be a lot warmer facility as you’re walking through, instead of all metal … and we are trying to provide plenty of options within a good price.”
Laurita described planning the design and flow of the different areas in the new library as “a big puzzle,” while using a classic decorating approach and a neutral color palette for the carpeting, walls and furniture.
“One of the things Jeff and I have talked about is making sure (the interior design) doesn’t date too quickly,” she said. “It’s easier to add color to a neutral base than to work with a blue and orange color scheme (as with the current library).”