Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library

Wide view of exterior - Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library
Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Zinc Panels
Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Close up of zinc panels
Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Adult Reading Room
Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Teen Area
Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Teen Area
Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Children's Area
Stanaker Library Rendering versus Photograph
  • Wide view of exterior - Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library
  • Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Zinc Panels
  • Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Close up of zinc panels
  • Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Adult Reading Room
  • Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Teen Area
  • Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Teen Area
  • Stanaker Neighborhood Branch Library Children's Area
  • Stanaker Library Rendering versus Photograph

This Houston Public Library (HPL) branch no longer met many of the HPL standards, particularly with regard to connectivity and computer availability.  The building envelope of this relatively new construction had suffered premature wear, requiring repair, and the quality of the library patrons’ experience had diminished.  

The main challenge resulted from this dynamic and changing neighborhood:  the existing building no longer related to the fabric of the neighborhood in which it resides.  We implemented as many updated HPL standards as this limited space could accommodate, improved vehicle and pedestrian safety to the site and, most importantly, improved the building envelope to be higher-performing than before while integrating the re-envisioned exterior into the context of the neighborhood.

Houston, Texas

  • 9,045 ft² renovation
  • $2,548,000 total project cost ($130,000 below project budget)
  • Significant HVAC + building envelope improvements