Library building projects leave a legacy for decades, with one chance to get it right. Those with access to a trustworthy expert who can explain the process in step-by-step terms will have the best chance to make their projects succeed. Expert author McCarthy is an architect with in-depth expertise in building libraries as well as an 18-year veteran library trustee. This authoritative overview is filled with practical advice to understand key relationships and manage a complex process. Checklists and sample construction documents provide hands-on insights into the best practices in library construction and tools to do the job. Library directors, professionals, administrators, and trustees will get expert guidance on creating a realistic budget for new library construction and determining the responsibilities on both sides.
Richard C. McCarthy, AIA, is an architect, principal with Burnidge Cassell Associates, where he serves as project manager and library team leader. He has built, remodeled, and renovated numerous libraries in northern Illinois, including public libraries in Wheaton, LaGrange, Flossmoor, and Mokena.