Montgomery Municipal Complex & County Library

Montgomery Municipal Complex & County Library

Posted on October 9, 2018

LEARN ABOUT AND VIEW THE REVISED DESIGN PLANS

After a year of work and feedback from over 200 residents, we are pleased to release the revised plans for the new Montgomery Municipal Complex and Somerset County Library. We would like to thank all residents who offered suggestions and attended various town hall meetings or the information session last August.  (See architectural renderings which link to plans below article.)

Based on feedback and suggestions from residents, we would like to highlight the following improvements to the design:
  • A more simple and clean look to the building which is consistent for both sections of the complex (municipal and library). The original red roofs and grey panels were removed. The stone exterior and natural colors are now standard, except for the large community room that remains a unique architectural feature.
  • Enhanced green space buffer around the building and events plaza has been added.
  • Complex will be built with LEED standards, the roof will allow for the future installation of solar panels, and multiple EV charging stations will be located in the parking lot.
  • Additional space for community artwork and items of historical and cultural importance has been included.
 As for the new Somerset County Library:
  • Overall programmable space has been increased to 20,000 square feet (about 50% larger than the programmable space at the current Mary Jacobs Library)
  • Increased the number of formal meeting rooms to 11
    • 1 community meeting room for up to 100 people, with access to the events plaza
    • 1 meeting room for 15-20 people
    • 1 meeting room for 10-12 people
    • 1 sound proof studio for POD casting and recordings
    • 7 Tutor/quiet rooms for up to 4 people
  • Increased the number of technology work stations and overall sitting spaces
  • Library design continues to include a large children’s section with a dedicated “storytime room” for enhanced programs and activities for children and parents

Brian Auger, Administrator of the Somerset County Library System commented, “20,000 square feet of programmable space is ideal and exactly what I asked for. Due to its efficient single-floor design and sharing spaces with the municipality, we’ll have even more usable space than ever to offer traditional and state-of-the-art library services to residents of Montgomery and Rocky Hill.”

Mr. Auger continued, “new initiatives we’ll be rolling out include a digital preservation lab, 24/7 pickup of holds, a cafe, and the automated handling of returns. We’re really excited to be able to offer 8 group study rooms (including a podcast studio), 3 large meeting rooms, a dedicated children’s program area and ample spaces for people to read, collaborate and use library computers and WiFi.”

The process now moves to the engineering phase and development of the bid package, which will likely be completed by the end of the year. After the NJDEP approval process, construction should begin in late spring of 2019 and is expected to take 18-24 months

Hard copies of the plans (Linked HERE to electronic version on the township website) are available at the Clerk’s Office and Otto Kaufman Community Center.

Mayor Christine Madrid commented, “I’m pleased that we were able to incorporate so much community feedback into the revised design to make our new library even better. Montgomery will soon have a town hall and a library that will serve the needs of our vibrant, modern community. It is truly an exciting step for our town.”

Township Administrator Donato Nieman stated that, “The new municipal building will provide our police department and our municipal employees the space they need to meet the demands of servicing our residents and community, not only  today but well into the future.”

Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire added, “I am thrilled to be able to help in my Freeholder capacity to make this state of the art library a reality for my own town. We have one of the best school systems in the state, it makes sense for us to have a library for our students, and for our adults, that can take us into the future.”

Click on below renderings to go to Site Plan & Floor Plans