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New Library to be a Gathering Place for the Community

Austin is in the midst of a great undertaking, the creation of a new central library to serve its growing community.  Voters approved  funding for the project in the 2006 G.O. bond election, and library enthusiasts showed up en masse at the design input meetings that followed in order to share their vision of the form and functionthat our city’s main library-to-beshould take.  What has emerged from thislively interaction between citizens, architects and librarians is a building program appropriately and boldly named “The Library of the Future”, for the world has truly not seen its like before.  Will Austin’s new central library stand as sustainable, landmark architecture?  Yes, but there was little doubt of that outcome from the moment our Council picked Lake/Flato as the design architects for the building.  Will the new central library  serve as a destination for regional residents and visitors alike?  Based on what we know about the amenities to be offered, we would have to reply in the affirmative. Beginning with its location in the heart of the Seaholm Development District, Austin’s fast growing new civic/cultural center, those attractions include incredible views of Ladybird Lake, Shoal Creek and  our exciting urban environment from unique reading porches and the building’s Green Roof, a large and fresh collection of materials noted for its variety of downloadable items, easy computer access throughout the facility, an art gallery, a special event center, a café, and bookstore. Equal parking opportunities for vehicles and bicycles will be provided, as behooves a public building sited at the major intersection of Austin’s lakeside hike-and-bike trails, including the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. The qualities of design which truly define this building as “the Library of the Future”, though, will be the depth and breadth of its technology rich environment, the “future-proofing” of the building by insuring that interior spaces can be readily modified as library services change, and perhaps most significantly, the great number of meeting spaces provided in varying sizes and configurations.  The trends we track indicate that libraries are fast becoming that great third place between work and home where everyone in the community is entitled to congregate and communicate, leading to one of the more rewarding phenomena of modern life:  education through conversation.

On Monday, October 1, 2012, architects and staff involved in the New Central Library Project will make an important Design Development presentation to the Library Commission at the Austin History Center (810 Guadalupe Street), beginning at 7:00 PM.  Please plan to be in attendance and see the future.

John W. Gillum
Facilities Process Manager
Austin Public Library


Neighborhood Appreciation Goes a Long Way

We are so lucky to work with the folks at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority who understand the value of public involvement! This summer, the CTRMA and project contractor Central Texas Mobility Constructors (CTMC) made sure neighbors along the Manor Expressway corridor knew how much their patience and cooperation was appreciated during project construction. The fun began in June with a barbecue for residents of the Rosemont at Hidden Creek apartment community. CTRMA and CTMC hosted a barbecue dinner for over 300 people with an appearance of the Round Rock Express’s mascot Spike and his promotion team, who gave out Express items and raffled off prizes. On July 4, the lucky neighborhood was Walnut Place. CTRMA and CTMC hosted a barbecue lunch at the annual neighborhood parade and gave a way treat bags with Round Rock Express tickets, car wash coupons and noise reduction ear buds. To top off the summer, neighbors were given free tickets to a Round Rock Express game at the end of August. While living in a construction zone can be messy, noisy and inconvenient, a little friendly neighborhood outreach sure makes it feel better!


San Marcos 2035: Inviting Citizens, Youth to Help Draw Blueprint for the Future

The City of San Marcos invites the best experts on San Marcos—its residents—to help shape the city’s future at a “Design Rodeo” scheduled Sept. 10-14 at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. Public participation in five days of creative workshops is the most critical event in the development of the Comprehensive Master Plan.

Anticipating 33,000 additional residents by 2035, the plan will serve as the City’s blueprint for land use and transportation, environment and sustainability, parks and facilities, neighborhoods and housing, and economic development in San Marcos.

“No one knows our community better than the residents of San Marcos,” said John Foreman, Planning Manager and coordinator of the comprehensive plan process.

“They know better than anyone how we should protect our natural resources, maintain efficient transportation, focus on our unique heritage and support a business climate that provides quality jobs and opportunities,” he said.

Some of the special stakeholder groups invited to participate in the sessions throughout the week include representatives of neighborhoods, religious organizations, economic development, education, environmental groups, culture and the arts, real estate professionals, retail stores and downtown, transportation and utilities. The process will include local high school students, who are working with the City on a Youth Master Plan.

The public is invited to come any time during the day and watch planners and specialists work with stakeholders to create different community design scenarios.

For more information, call 393.8230, send an email to dream@sanmarcostx.gov, or visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/dream. The latest updates are posted for Facebook and Twitter followers at www.facebook.com/CityofSanMarcos  and www.twitter.com/CityofSanMarcos .


San Marcos 2035: Inviting Citizens, Youth to Help Draw Blueprint for the Future, Sept. 10 – 13

The City of San Marcos invites the best experts on San Marcos—its residents—to help shape the city’s future at a “Design Rodeo” scheduled Sept. 10-14 at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. Public participation in five days of creative workshops is the most critical event in the development of the Comprehensive Master Plan.

Anticipating 33,000 additional residents by 2035, the plan will serve as the City’s blueprint for land use and transportation, environment and sustainability, parks and facilities, neighborhoods and housing, and economic development in San Marcos.

“No one knows our community better than the residents of San Marcos,” said John Foreman, Planning Manager and coordinator of the comprehensive plan process.

“They know better than anyone how we should protect our natural resources, maintain efficient transportation, focus on our unique heritage and support a business climate that provides quality jobs and opportunities,” he said.

Some of the special stakeholder groups invited to participate in the sessions throughout the week include representatives of neighborhoods, religious organizations, economic development, education, environmental groups, culture and the arts, real estate professionals, retail stores and downtown, transportation and utilities. The process will include local high school students, who are working with the City on a Youth Master Plan.
After the Design Rodeo, planners and consultants will start writing and illustrating the Comprehensive Plan to guide growth, preservation and development for the next 20 years. The Planning and Zoning Commission will review and make recommendations on the plan before consideration and adoption by the City Council in early 2013.

For more information, call 393.8230, send an email to dream@sanmarcostx.gov, or visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/dream. The latest updates are posted for Facebook and Twitter followers at www.facebook.com/CityofSanMarcos and www.twitter.com/CityofSanMarcos .


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