Groundbreaking Celebration for The City Library’s Marmalade Branch

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, May 27, 2014 – The City Library, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and Councilman Stan Penfold invite the community and news media to attend a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Marmalade Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library. The ceremony will take place at 11am on Thursday, May 29, at the future site of the building on the corner of 500 North and 300 West. The construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

Ella Olsen, City Library Board Member and Chair of the Marmalade Steering Committee, will introduce the project. Mayor Becker, Councilman Penfold, City Library Executive Director John Spears, Capitol Hill Neighborhood Council Chair Eric Jergensen, and Kevin Blalock of Blalock & Partners Architectural Design Studio, the chief architects of the design, will also give remarks. The event will be complete with performances from West High School students and a traditional shovel presentation.

The two-story facility will provide 18,600 square feet of new construction to support a thriving and growing community. Program elements of the Marmalade Branch Library include a dedicated Children’s Library, a teen area, a small café, public access computer stations, and quiet reading areas. The second floor includes the adult collection, study rooms, and a large, flexible multi-purpose room with tiered seating to allow small recitals, lectures, book signings, and film viewings. The second floor also features a wrap-around terrace offering views of the Capitol to the east, the city to the south, and immediately to the north, views to a public plaza and open green space as part of the new mixed-use development.

The project was developed as a key part of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City’s master plan for the block along 300 West, from 500 to 600 North. Locating the library at the southwest corner of the block, the architects at Blalock & Partners Architectural Design Studio developed a design solution that conveys an iconic civic presence, serving as a gateway to the city from the north and acting as an anchor for the mixed-use development along that block.

The project utilizes an exterior shading device along the west-facing glass to minimize solar heat gain yet still promote a dynamic interaction with the street and passersby. Its compact footprint reduces land use and allows for a high-performance building envelope. The use of LED lights, lighting control systems, occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting reduce the amount of electrical energy consumption while the flood of natural light creates an inviting interior environment for patrons and a balanced workplace for staff. Upon completion, the Marmalade Library will achieve LEED Silver certification for efficiency from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Marmalade Branch Library Groundbreaking Celebration is presented by The City Library and Salt Lake City, along with project stakeholders Blalock & Partners and Ascent Construction.

The City Library is a dynamic civic resource that promotes free and open access to information, materials and services to all members of the community to advance knowledge, foster creativity, encourage the exchange of ideas, build community and enhance the quality of life.

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