Laramie County | Laramie Central Library

  • 103,000 SF
  • $17M
  • 2007
  • in association
  • LEED Gold


  • 2008 Library of the Year
  • Gale/Library Journal
  • 2007 Merit Award
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter

The conceptual design for the new Central Library for Laramie County evolved out of a series of public meetings and focus group sessions aimed at establishing the aspirations of the Laramie County community. As the Architect of Record, AMD led public meetings during the site selection process to clarify the unique character of the City of Cheyenne.

As a capital city, it has a strong urban and civic character, yet its people embrace the wide open spaces of the surrounding landscape. There was significant sentiment towards reinforcing the civic role of a downtown library, while capturing the opportunities of a less urban site. Because the site is on the seam between the downtown and residential areas, sensitivity to the neighborhood was essential. The basic form of the building is a simple, flexible brick box for books and reading overlaid by curved forms that respond to the site and mark unique functional aspects of the library.

AMD performed extensive energy modeling on a variety of operations to allow for energy-efficient and cost-effective systems and solutions. Sustainable design strategies employed include improved lighting and daylighting systems; energy efficient mechanical systems; high performance glazing; recycled materials; low VOC adhesives and sealants; and a waste management program. A pioneering achievement, the Laramie County Library was the first public project in Wyoming to receive LEED Gold certification.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762

About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA