Anythink Master Plan
Anythink Master Plan Project
For the past year, Ratio | HPA and HBM Architects have been working with the library on a master plan project that includes an audit of the library’s existing seven branches and the potential of two new libraries in Thornton and Commerce City. The work began by hosting roundtable discussions with stakeholders and residents to examine what a 21st century library looks like. The culmination of this work lead to “Catalyst for Innovation: The Anythink Visioning Sessions,” which has helped provide direction for the library’s master plan.
Below are highlights from Anythink's Master Plan Project thus far.
Anythink’s existing facilities were audited for current functionality. The following branch-specific recommendations were made to meet the current and future needs of the community.
Add 1,000-square-foot expansion to children’s area for additional programming space
Expand teen area and implement noise solutions
Expand children’s area and move teen area to curb noise issues
Renovate meeting rooms to provide better access to shared Armory and Depot area, and provide more light to the space
ANYTHINK COMMERCE CITY
Add 1,400-square-foot expansion dedicated to programs and services for children and families
Make accommodations for easier food distribution as part of library’s partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies
ANYTHINK PERL MACK
Renovate and expand children’s area to include program space
POTENTIAL NEW LIBRARIES
REUNION CENTER LOCATION
Anythink is in discussions with Oakwood Homes in Reunion on the potential of incorporating a library into its planned Reunion Center, a 430-acre mixed-use development on the eastern edge of the master-planned community in Commerce City.
40,000-square-foot community library
10,000-square-foot black box performance space available for community use and event rental
AYLOR OPEN LANDS PARTNERSHIP
The City of Thornton is currently working on a master plan of the Aylor Open Lands property. They are working together with Anythink on the potential of creating a regional destination that includes an Anythink library, and both passive and programmed nature learning opportunities.
Regional destination to include trails, science and nature learning, art and performance
The full implementation of this master plan is dependent upon additional funding for the library system. On Wednesday, August 21, the Anythink Board of Trustees voted to refer a ballot measure this November for additional funding for Anythink. Learn more at https://www.anythinklibraries.org/investing-in-anythinks-future.