City Invites Public Input on Central Library Design

August 5, 2010

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and the architectural firm hired for the Central Library today announced the schedule of public meetings for the design of the Central Library. Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle (MSR) will hold a series of public meetings over the next few months to solicit input and present their latest design ideas.

"This is the beginning of an exciting public process to shape the design of a library that will serve Madison not just in the coming years, but in the coming decades," Mayor Cieslewicz said. "These meetings are the public's opportunity to show our design team what the community's priorities are for the Central Library."

"I'm hopeful that we'll see high participation in these public meetings so that we can hear from the entire community about what they'd like to see in Central Library," said Tripp Widder, president of the Library Board and Foundation. "This is the community's opportunity to weigh in and talk directly with our designers."

After the first meeting on August 5, the architectural team will split into groups and develop four concepts, which will be presented at the next meeting. They then will gather input on those concepts, pick one to focus on and further develop the design through the following meetings. Each meeting will be an opportunity for the public to see the latest design work and give their feedback.

Madison has a strong history of public participation. MS&R, along with Potter Lawson, is looking forward to engaging the community in this inclusive process. This is truly a great opportunity to help shape the future design of the library," said Traci Lesneski of Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.

All meetings are at the Madison Senior Center at 330 West Mifflin Street and start at 7:00pm.
• Thursday, August 5
• Thursday, September 9
• Thursday, October 14
• Thursday, November 4

Contact:
  • Rachel Strauch-Nelson, (608) 266-4611