Washakie County Library
The community library is moving into a renovated hardware store. The actual building area includes the first floor library, 14,281 sf; first floor, Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce, 450 sf; and second floor, 2,587 sf. Total indoor renovation, 17,318 sf
Construction Administration Services
Cost Estimating, Schematic
TSP has worked with the Washakie County Commissioners for a decade of master planning for the public library in Worland, WY. Options considered included remodeling existing buildings elsewhere and new buildings on alternate sites.
In 2019 it was decided to purchase the Ace Hardware building in downtown Worland, which occupied two connected historic buildings, one offering two levels. The building offered a large open space of about 14,000 sf that would offer all the programs wanted to provide its users. That provides about 6,000 sf more than the current structure, a renovated hospital building that is crowded and cramped. The building’s location on Big Horn Avenue will make it high visible to the public.
TSP architect Michelle Klobassa accompanied library board members and a county commissioner on a tour of Wyoming libraries in Buffalo, Douglas and Glenrock to examine the features they offered. Priorities for the Worland library subsequently included creating a unique space for video gaming for teenagers, and study rooms that would allow four to six people to gather.
The former hardware store on Main Street offers large windows giving those using a “laptop bar” and nice view, plenty of sunlight, and space for large comfortable chairs. Other windows will be installed elsewhere in the building to permit increased daylighting.
The library will feature a circular table where patrons can plug in their electronic devices and work separately yet as part of a community. A dedicated children’s area will be located next to a maker’s space. The hard-surfaced floors, plentiful electric outlets, and cabinets will allow for creative activities for children and adults. The library also includes space for the adult collection, a staff workroom, and a centrally located circulation desk that maintains good views of the room.
A large community meeting room will be available to the public during and after library hours. It will include an attached kitchen, movable tables and chairs, and access to the restrooms. The first floor also will include space for the Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce offices as a convenient visitor information stop.
If a federal grant is successful, the smaller second floor will offer office space for six to eight nonprofits. A sprinkler system also will be added along with an elevator to provide access.
The design will offer exposed ceilings that display necessary structural elements and provide a feeling of openness.
Estimated cost of construction and remodeling will be about $2.2 million. Purchasing the building cost $525,600. Construction work began in fall 2020 with completion expected in 2021.