July 3rd, the Rapides Parish Library Board of Control selected a new front facade design for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library. The design features similar aspects to Peabody High School: a peaked glass front, and sunshade awnings of second story windows.
Architect Bill Tudor, from Alliance Design, said he tried to "use the same language of Peabody High School" in order to answer the board's request that the new library refelct the local community.
"The images of the new King Branch and PHS will come together in your head, but they won’t be side by side," Tudor said. "They will have the same color of brick and similar design features, but won’t be identical."
The architect showed two possibilities for the façade. One façade featured a sloped roof and the other a flat roof. The façade designs also feature available green space for a free-standing Dr. King memorial out front. It didn't take the Board much time to voice their opinion favoring the slopped roof design, which is unique compared to Peabody High's flat roof.
The new branch will feature two study rooms as well as a meeting room that converts into two more study rooms. The Board hopes area youth will feel welcome at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch as a place to meet with friends, study and complete homework.