The American Institute of Architects recently recognized the Dayton Metro Library’s Northwest Branch for excellence in design.
On Tuesday, October 25, the AIA Dayton Chapter held its Focus on Design Awards, which draws attention to Miami Valley architecture firms producing quality and high performance design. Ruetschle Architects received an Honorable Mention in the Newly Completed Buildings category for their work on the Northwest Branch Library, 2410 Philadelphia Drive in Dayton.
The Northwest Branch opened in April. A consolidation of the Dayton View, Ft. McKinley and Northtown-Shiloh Branches, it was the first newly constructed building in the Libraries for a Smarter Future project.
Brothers Mark and Mike Ruetschle accepted the award on behalf of Ruetschle Architects, Inc.
“I want to thank the citizens of Montgomery County who funded a $187 million bond issue which funded this project, and about a dozen more to come,” said Mike Ruetschle. He also thanked the Library Trustees.
“Every architect’s dream – at the first design meeting they said they’d like a bold, innovative, civic piece of architecture,” said Ruetschle. “What a joy to be able to take on a project like that.”
Ruetschle noted one of the innovations of the Northwest Branch Library is the Opportunity Space.
“What if a library wasn’t just a place where you could check out a book for two weeks,” he said. “What if you could check out a room for three months?” The Library’s Opportunity Space can be used by partner organizations such as the Funk Music Hall of Fame, which has displayed music memorabilia from Dayton’s past.
The Northwest Branch Library was built on the site of the former Fairview High School.
“This is a special site for us,” Ruetschle said. His parents met while students at Fairview High School, and his father first learned about the field of architecture there.
The AIA jury was comprised of representatives from the AIA Birmingham, Alabama. For more information on the awards, visit aiadayton.org. For Library information, call (937) 463-BOOK.