Cheyenne, WY

scale: 103,000 sf


The conceptual design for the new Central Library for Laramie County evolved out of a series of public meetings and focus groups aimed at establishing the aspirations of the Laramie County community.  Public meetings clarified the unique character of the City of Cheyenne.  As a capital city, it has a strong urban and civic character, yet its people embrace the wide open spaces of the surrounding landscape.  Sited on the seam between the downtown and residential areas, the library takes cues from its civic neighbors while nodding to less urban precincts to the north and west.

The basic form of the building is a simple, flexible box that provides a dignified home for books, reading, and information.   This simple brick volume is overlaid by curved forms that respond to the context and mark unique functional aspects of the library.

The project achieved a Gold LEED Certification.  

Tobin and Associates teamed with AMD Architects of Denver, CO for this project.