The Rockmart Library experienced increased programming while spending fewer tax dollars as the recession sapped property tax and other revenue sources. As such, there was an increasing need to balance a rising demand for services with shrinking resources. With an urgent need for a new more efficient operating model, Architect Chad Alexander Smith challenged preconceived notions about the ideal location or building for a library construction project. With ingenuity, creativity and forward thinking, Mr. Smith led the team that adapted the old education building from the original Rockmart High School into a unique 17,000 square foot library for its staff and, most importantly, Rockmart’s patrons. The new library was designed to be LEED® certified, repurposing the existing structure.
Chad Alexander Smith, AIA, LEED® AP was the Lead Designer, Project Architect, Architect of Record and LEED® Administrator for the library while employed with Precision Planning, Inc. overseeing all phases of design, specification writing, permitting and bidding.
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