Norfolk Public Library
Bringing the Library into the 21st Century
The City of Norfolk hired APMA to study its existing public library and devise a plan for an improved facility that considered projected space and technological needs over the next twenty years. The information gathered included extensive community feedback, making the case for a renovated and expanded facility that would serve the city for decades to come. In Phase Two APMA worked with city, steering committee, and library staff to confirm the program before refining the space plan and building design. The final building is an inspiring new space that nearly doubled the collection capacity; included dedicated space for children and young adults; and added a reorganized main entrance, a secure exterior courtyard, a maker’s space and heritage room. A new community room is available to the general public outside library hours. The team significantly increased parking capacity and made much-needed improvements that allow more natural light into the space.
22,000 SF Renovation
16,000 SF Addition
Scope of Work
Renovation + Addition
Date of Completion
Honors + Awards
2019 IIDA Great Plains IDEA Award – Community & Civic
2019 IIDA Great Plains IDEA Award – Best In Show
2019 IIDA Great Plains IDEA Award – Product Design – Play Fort
2019 AIA Nebraska – Architectural Honor Award
Elevated roof lines and large glass transparencies increase visibility and are a beacon to the community. A new welcoming entrance increases visibility, wayfinding and security.
The design nearly doubled the collection capacity; included dedicated space for children and young adults; and added a reorganized main entrance, a secure exterior courtyard, a maker’s space and heritage room.
A new community room is available to the general public outside library hours. The team significantly increased parking capacity and made much-needed improvements that allow more natural light into the space.
Photography by: Corey Gaffer
AIA CSR Awards
September 28, 2020
At the 2020 (virtual) AIA Central States Awards The Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center picked up a Merit award in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category and the jury commented: “We enjoyed the Hoff Cultural Center for its ability to abstract the new…to expose the historical.” Congrats to Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment and the entire project team!
Say It Loud
September 10, 2020
Congratulations to our own Jenny Zimmer, Jean Vacha and Megan Lutz for being featured alongside other deserving designers in this year’s Say It Loud – Beyond the Built Environment Online Exhibition. Follow the link to view the entire selection of winners!
September 3, 2020
We’re growing our team! If you are a talented architect or interior designer who wants to put people first, advance design, and build community, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 29, 2020
Congratulations to Swanson Elementary, which was recently honored by the IIDA Great Plains Chapter. Click the link below to see more photos and all the deserving winners!
July 28, 2020
Click on the link below to read about the innovative approach to landscaping being implemented at Millwork Commons called ‘biophilic design’. Our own Megan Lutz breaks it down.
July 23, 2020
For the continued health and safety of our clients and employees the APMA office will remain closed through October 1, 2020. Rest assured our team is focused on providing a great client experience even as we continue to work remotely during this time.