Custom Library Fixtures Fuel Young Imaginations

When the 83-year-old Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio, renovated its Youth Services area, staff librarians were looking for a way to make the space fun and interactive for their young visitors. They wanted to encourage the children to use their imaginations and thought that fun areas where they could sit and read or play might help. Jack Hedge, with Design Group, architect of the renovation, knew from past experience that Gabriel Logan could turn what they envisioned into a reality. A large yellow school bus, complete with a steering wheel and several seats, is now the focal point of the renovated Youth Services area. In another area, a child-size blue and black police car keeps one or two children happily occupied.

Problem

  • Create a fun and interactive Youth Services area

Solutions

  • Yellow school bus with steering wheel and seats
  • Blue and black police car with bench and siren

Expertly Crafted, Competitively Priced

Gabriel Logan worked closely with the architect and library to understand the specifications and provided value engineering services to keep costs in line with budget. With more than 3,000 visitors per day to the suburban Ohio library, the fixtures needed to be durable to hold up to heavy usage from many little hands and feet. Library Director Don W. Barlow found Gabriel Logan’s price to be competitive, and the four to six week timeframe was acceptable. Once the design and costs were approved, they began to create the custom designed play structures. For durability, Gabriel Logan chose to manufacture the structures out of wood. Using the latest tools, best practices and technology in manufacturing, Gabriel Logan constructed custom fixtures that were both affordable and dependable.

Quality Fixtures That Impress

The new seating has been installed, and Barlow is confident the play fixtures will hold up well under heavy usage. “They seem really solid and will last for a while,” notes Barlow. The finished results are impressive. “The kids and librarians love the fixtures,” he reports. The project was completed in just four weeks. Would Barlow recommend Gabriel Logan to other libraries? “Absolutely. We are very happy with the work.”