About the new Fairfield Area Library

  • The new Fairfield Area Library is being built on a 10 acre site southeast of Laburnum Avenue and Watts Lane, near the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. It is slated to open in Fall 2019. The 44,803 square foot, two story library will feature modern design with an open lobby, a classroom and meeting room, group study and conference spaces, a dedicated teen area, Digital Media Lab, and drive up window for patrons to pick up and drop off materials. The site will have an outdoor entry plaza, a bicycle and pedestrian pathway to Harvie Road, space for outdoor activities, parking for up to 220 vehicles, and room for a 16,000 square foot addition in the future. The library will mark a significant upgrade from the existing Fairfield Library, which opened in 1976 and is 24,000 square feet. County officials will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification status for the library; the LEED program, operated by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes facilities that are environmentally friendly.

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    FAL 01 Exterior Front Out

    FAL 01 Exterior Front Out

    FAL 02 Exterior Side Out

    FAL 02 Exterior Side Out

    FAL 03 Exterior Rear Out

    FAL 03 Exterior Rear Out

    FAL 04 Lobby Out

    FAL 04 Lobby Out

    FAL 05 Adult Out

    FAL 05 Adult Out

    FAL 06 Child Out

    FAL 06 Child Out

  • Who is the architectural firm for the project?
    Quinn Evans Architects (formerly BCWH) of Richmond and Tappé Associates of Boston.

    What is the estimated cost of the project?
    $29 million.

    Where is the funding for this project coming from?
    Henrico voters approved funding for this project in the county's 2016 bond referendum.

    What stage is the project in?
    Gulf Seaboard Construction was awarded a contract to build the new Fairfield Library. Construction began in June 2018.

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