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
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