Mesa's Gateway Library Wins Prestigious Interior Design Award

~ Mesa's newest library, the Gateway Library, has been recognized for its exceptional design by the Commercial Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA). The biennial IIDA/ALA competition celebrates outstanding interior design in libraries and showcases innovative concepts in seven categories. The Gateway Library, located at 5036 S. Eastmark Parkway in Southeast Mesa, was selected as one of two winners in the "On the Boards" category, which recognizes projects that are still in the planning stages.

Polly Bonnett, Director of Mesa Public Library, expressed her gratitude for this prestigious award. "We are honored by this recognition and excited to offer our visitors a visually stunning library," she stated. "Not only will it be an impressive building, but the Gateway Library will also provide much-needed and innovative library services to this area of Mesa that will have a lasting impact on future generations."

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The Gateway Library was designed by Rich?rd Kennedy Architects and White Baux Studio Interior Design. This state-of-the-art facility will be Mesa's first new full-service library in over 25 years and is expected to open in the summer of 2025. Spanning approximately 28,000 square feet, it will feature an open concept with rows of books and other materials under a high ceiling and bright lights. The library will also include a multi-purpose room, THINKspot collaborative workspace, makerspace, and designated areas for adult, teen, and children's resources. Additionally, there will be a digital art display wall, outdoor reading patio, and plaza for community events.

The Gateway Library project was recognized at the annual ALA conference in San Diego over the weekend. Funding for this project comes from both the 2018 General Obligation Bond approved by voters and construction sales tax. Willmeng Construction is responsible for building this award-winning library.

The winning projects from this year's competition will be featured in an upcoming issue of American Libraries Magazine and on The Gateway Library is a testament to the dedication and innovation of Mesa Public Library in providing exceptional services to its community.

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