Pueblo City-County | Robert Hoag Rawlings Library

  • 109,000 SF
  • $17.5M
  • 2003
  • in association


  • 2006 Merit Award
  • American Institue of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter
  • 2005 Honor Award
  • American Institue of Architects
  • Denver Chapter
  • 2005 American Institute of Steel Construction Engineering Excellence Merit
  • 2004 Honor Award
  • American Institue of Architects
  • New Mexico
  • 2004 Honor
  • American Institue of Architects
  • Western Mountain Region

The expansion and renovation affords the library much needed space for their growing collections and expanding community programs. In addition to the library’s 300,000 item general collection, western history and genealogy collections, there is a special news/media exhibit and several public meeting rooms. Each floor has a civic lobby with a grand staircase, glass elevator tower and glass atrium. The main level entry includes an entry courtyard functioning as a community porch and a coffee shop/café.

The building itself is designed to be a landmark spanning across Mesa Junction with materials such as bronze, warm toned concrete and glass in a dramatic sculptural form. It is sited above downtown Pueblo, oriented for views to Pueblo’s downtown, Pikes Peak, and other local and geographical landmarks.

The plan of the building is like a propeller with centralized service points at the hub anchoring three reading room blades.

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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