FleischmanGarcia was retained to design the North Tampa Library by Hillsborough County.
The new 25,000 sq. ft. North Tampa Library was designed to replace a 12,000 sq. ft. building that was originally constructed in 1963. The new facility utilizes the limited site area to the fullest extent possible while incorporating community rooms, a children's room, a computer lab, study and tutor rooms, a "Friends of the Library" room, reading and stack areas and administrative functions.
Among the challenges in the project was the severe slope of the site from east (front of the library), to the west (rear of the parking lot). Constructed of 2 colors of brick with a standing seam metal roof, the low, long horizontal lines of the library, with deep roof overhangs, take on a warm, welcoming "prairie style" look. The "stair step" front wall is another architectural feature of the library that was received well by the North Tampa community.