Rice Library- Kittery, ME
Site Planning and New Building
LA has been working with Rice Library in Kittery for several years developing the program and reviewing sites throughout Kittery. The Rice Library Board recently started negotiations for a 2 acre parcel adjacent to the newly created Kittery Community Center. The goal is to create a cultural campus where each facility shares functions and provides a variety of services to the community.
The new library will replace the existing two buildings into a single story 20,000 SF structure with the goal to achieve net zero energy use. The new library will integrate into the landscape,incorporate at grade pedestrian circulation and feature a protected sunny courtyard. The interior will have ample natural light during the day time to reduce the use of artificial lighting. The overall scale will reflect the transition from institutional and residential.