FleischmanGarcia was retained to design the Seminole Heights Library by Hillsborough County.
The Seminole Heights library is a two-story, 20,000 sq. ft. facility built in the Seminole Heights Historic District. Designed to be architecturally compatible to the historic structures in the neighborhood, the new library features brick, cast stone details, a standing seam metal roof, an entry porch, and a second-floor terrace overlooking Central Avenue with an arched truss above.
On the first floor there is the entrance to a two-story lobby, three community meeting rooms, a "Friends of the Seminole Heights Library" room, a café, a library staff workroom and lounge and public restrooms. The two-story lobby allows people entering the building to see the activity in the library on the second floor. The second floor has a large reading room, a glass enclosed children's room and teen room, meeting/tutorial rooms, a large computer area, stacks and public restrooms.
A distinctive feature of the second floor is the central, special collections area overlooking both the two-story atrium space and the exterior balcony/terrace.
The library has proven to be hugely popular and was well-received by the Seminole Heights community.