Red Land Community Library Etters, PA

Red Land Community Library is one of 13 branches in the York County Libraries system, which serves over a million visitors each year. After residing at 48 Robinhood Drive in a retail center since 1994, Red Land learned in 2017 that the center had been sold. Fortunately, the loss of one lease created an opportunity with the new owners to relocate to a more advantageous space just down the street at 70 Newberry Commons.

The library reopened at its new location in June 2018 after the 6,780-square-foot space had been renovated and customized to accommodate their program. The $350,000 design-build project designed by Chris Dawson Architect and constructed by R.S. Mowery & Sons successfully integrated Red Land’s desired layout within the building footprint.

The library features computer areas, reading lounges, a children’s area, offices, and a community meeting room, along with traditional book and audio material stacks. Natural light from two large skylights floods the space and augments pendant and recessed ceiling fixtures.

Adapting the former retail space’s HVAC system to the new floor plan and usage required demolition of branch ductwork and installation of new ductwork and diffusers. Plumbing for the new restrooms included water, waste and vent piping. Our scope of work also addressed lighting, power distribution devices and emergency lighting fixtures.

Photos courtesy of R.S. Mowery & Sons