Carroll Valley Municipality – Fairfield, PA
This project was a community focused campus and to not look like a typical municipal building or a small post office. The building needed to represent Carrol Valley’s culture. We designed the building’s aesthetic to reflect what occurs at the adjacent Ski Liberty Ski Resort, which was finishing an expansive expansion, at the start of our design phase. The building has large windows, exposed wood, and beams which is contextual design to Carrol Valley. All council members are very happy with the design.
Originally the design was for 10,000sf. The program was revised several times to incorporate the police department and other borough facilities. After we assisted the Borough in acquiring a grant, we incorporated the Adams County Public Library branch into the project for a more community building then municipal building.
This facility now serves the Borough administration, police, and elected officials office needs, as well as providing a new community meeting room; a branch of the Adams County Library System; and a central communications hub for use in times of disaster. There are also spaces available to the public for meeting of local organizations, or as a business hub for those who have at home businesses or work from home and need a space for meetings or other administrative functions.
The new building is located next to the municipal park and an exercise loop. An outdoor stage or “covered platform” was incorporated into the site for the library’s story time and outdoor events such recreation, bands, music festivals, movie nights, and weddings. There also are basketball courts and the baseball field will be rebuilt as a future project.