For Immediate Release Contact: Lori Crowe
December 10, 2009 NPL Public Relations Coordinator
Architect of Record Chosen
Colonial Samuel L. Slover Main Library
Norfolk, VA (December 10, 2009). Newman
Architects LLC has been chosen as the Architect of Record for Norfolk’s
new Colonial Samuel L. Slover Main Library, to be located in downtown Norfolk. A contract with
Newman Architects and the City of Norfolk
will be finalized in the next several weeks. Newman Architects is a
collaborative design firm located in New
They have received more than 125 design excellence awards and have built a
national reputation for the design of new buildings and the renovation and
restoration of existing buildings. Providence Associates, a library consulting
firm, has also been chosen to help develop the program and building plan for
Slover Main Library.
Construction of Slover Main Library
could begin as early as 2011. The 108,000 square foot Slover Main Library will
consist of the interim Norfolk Main Library, located at 235 E. Plume Street and
a newly built structure between the interim main library and Selden Arcade. The
interim Norfolk Main Library will also undergo a complete renovation to its
interior and infrastructure. In addition to the Slover
Main Library, a 30,000 square foot Library
will be off-site and house the Library’s administrative offices and support
services. By combining the square footage of Slover Main Library with the Service Center, the total space increases to
138,000 square feet. This compares well to the 77,000 square feet of space that
was in the former Kirn Memorial Library.
In October 2008, the late Frank
Batten Sr., long-time chairman of Landmark Communications, committed $20
million dollars to the construction of a new main library in downtown Norfolk. The new main
library will be named in honor of Batten’s uncle, Colonel Samuel L. Slover.
Slover founded Landmark Communications in the early 1930s. He was also a former
Mayor of Norfolk who loved the city, believing that an informed citizenry is
one of the most important keys to its success.
For more information, please call
Norman Maas, Library Director at 441-5910 or 647-3035.
The Norfolk Public Library
offers access to information, books, programs, and online resources to meet the
needs of our diverse community for life-long learning. The library system
consists of one main library, ten branch libraries, one anchor branch library,
and a Bookmobile. All programs are FREE of charge. Visit www.npl.lib.va.us or call us at (757)
664-READ for more information. NPL- Creating a City of Readers.