The new Artesia Central Library in Artesia, New Mexico replaces and nearly doubles in size the outdated facility that had been serving this city of 12,000 people for almost 50 years. RoehrSchmitt provided complete programming and schematic design services for the new building, negotiating a unique public/private collaboration between representatives of the private donors and the city. Working with Jose Zelaya Architectos out of Albuquerque, RoehrSchmitt brought extensive library experience to understanding the needs of the community to create a library for the next generation, as well as a deft hand in producing a schematic design that created an iconic new building in the center of town that dramatically engages the distinctive landscape of southeast New Mexico.
Winner of an AIA Albuquerque 2014 Merit Award
The building also provides a the new home and refuge for a large pastoral mural by native son Peter Hurd – protégé of Andrew Wyeth – that was salvaged, restored and transported from Houston, Texas to to take up residence as a centerpiece of this new institution. The 25′ x 60′ mural presides over the reading room and is framed by a dramatic curtain wall facing Main Street.