Rockmart Library

Rockmart, Georgia

"Not a day goes by that we don’t hear a new patron or visitor speak of the beauty of this library."

Sharon Cleveland, Branch Manager, Rockmart Library

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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SIZE

17,000 GSF
interior renovation

CONSTRUCTION COST

$1.5 million

FUNDING

100% State of Georgia
Capital Outlay Grant

OCCUPANCY DATE

January 2012

SUSTAINABILITY

Designed to be LEED®
Certified

AWARDS

Featured in Library Journal’s article “Waves of the Future” as part of its November 2012 “The Year in Architecture” Issue.