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
Hooray for Hoff Family Center
October 21, 2021
The Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center was honored with a Preservation at its Best Award for the restoration of the Harvester II Building this summer. The award for Best Community Effort was presented during a virtual ceremony at the Preserve Iowa Summit. Congrats!
Joslyn Art Museum Breaks Ground!
July 28, 2021
The expansion and site redesign of the Joslyn Art Museum has officially begun! Developed in partnership with with Norway-based architects, Snøhetta the project seeks to add new gallery space, public gardens, and outdoor spaces as well as restore and modernize existing office spaces in the Joslyn Memorial building.
June 16, 2021
We’re growing our team! If you are a talented project architect/manager who wants to put people first, advance design, and build community, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
June 16, 2021
Welcome to new APMA-ers Morgan, Nicci, and Taylor! Hop on over to our people page to learn more about them.
Say It Loud
March 16, 2021
Congratulations to our own Chandler Sanders and Audrey Buckley 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!
AIA NE Award
November 19, 2020
Congratulations to Swanson Elementary School – celebrated with an Architecture Honor Award in this year’s AIA Nebraska Awards program!