Community + Civic + Worship

Ela Area Public Library

Less Than 25,000SF, Renovation, Less Than $5 Million

Ela Area Public Library

Lake Zurich, Illinois

Ela Area Public Library underwent a 17,000-square-foot renovation that aimed to position it not only as an innovative and inspiring gathering place for the community, but as an example of the evolving face and function of the library of the future. Leopardo self-performed all trades for the renovation, including demolition, carpentry, acoustical and painting. Project highlights include:

  • Renovations to the children’s department focused on improving usability and layout
  • Single and group study spaces, as well as technology work zones were added to the teen area
  • A makerspace lab called The Forge features innovative tools and technology for youth and adults to create and experiment, including sewing machines and 3D printers
  • Collaborative and quiet work areas were added to the second floor, along with improved seating, lighting and technology
  • Work was completed while the library remained open and occupied