Downtown Orange County Library Renovation
Rhodes+Brito Architects recently completed the design for renovations to the fourth floor of the Orange County Public Library located in the heart of downtown Orlando on Central Blvd.
Ruffin Rhodes, co-founder and partner at Rhodes+Brito, said the new design of approximately 10,000 square feet of the library’s fourth floor focuses on quality interior finishes consistent with other levels of the library and bringing in lots of natural light to create a lively and vibrant space.
Special features include a large open area with computers and flexible community rooms that are totally glassed in. “The renovation will enhance visual connections between the information desk and overall floor while creating a comfortable environment for computer research,” Rhodes explained.
Construction start of the approximate $1.4 million renovation will be determined once a contractor has been selected.
Rhodes said the Library project is part of a continuing architectural services contract the firm has with Orange County to provide architectural and engineering services for projects valued under $2 million.
Rhodes+Brito, an Orlando firm founded in 1996, currently employs a staff of 20, including seven registered architects. The firm has experience providing architectural services to a wide variety of agencies throughout the State of Florida, including municipal government agencies, federal, education, aviation and senior living facilities. Rhodes+Brito Architects is the current Orlando AIA 2016 Firm of the Year.by