Woodneath Library Auditorium

Project Information

  • YEAR: 2022
  • CLIENT: Mid-Continent Public Library
  • SIZE: 14,743
  • TYPE: Addition
  • LOCATION: Kansas City, Mo

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The Woodneath Branch Library is part of the Mid-Continent Library District’s collection of library facilities that cover the surrounding metropolitan areas of Kansas City, spanning three counties. This new facility is constructed using high efficiency mechanical and lighting systems, along with a high performance building envelope, and achieved a LEED Silver Certification.

A new 236-seat, state-of-the art auditorium with overflow seating for 200+ additional attendees will accommodate large presentations and events, with flexible seating options and exceptional audiovisual capabilities. The auditorium, adjacent to the historic home, will have a separate entrance. Within the auditorium the patron is greeted with color shifting lights to supplement the desired atmosphere. The wall and ceiling panels act as acoustical tools and are arranged in a way to add depth and allow the eye to be directed towards the stage. To the right of the stage includes a lounge area that allows for large amounts of natural light when desired.

In addition to the auditorium, this project will complete the Woodneath Master-plan including the construction of several other new features nearby on the grounds, including an outdoor amphitheater for smaller event, a stepped outdoor plaza connecting the existing library to the new auditorium, and outdoor meeting spaces or “council rings” adjacent to walking  trails.

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