Northeast Regional Library will be a 22,000 SF library serving northeastern Wake County, including the Towns of Wake Forest and Rolesville as well as far northeast Raleigh. The property is located in the Wakefield development, across Forest Pines Drive from two new elementary schools. The property is hilly, heavily wooded and sits on a bluff overlooking the surrounding area.
The facility will feature a central entry with wings for adult reading and children's programs extending on either side. The steep ridges, rolling hills and a nearby stream influenced the design of the building. Its configuration and small footprint stems from the existing topography of the site. A skylight that bridges the adult and children’s wings and the non-linear form of the building mimic the flow of the stream on the site. Primary reading areas will take advantage of views down to the stream and in spaces oriented with northern light exposure. Community rooms and meeting spaces incorporated in the design help transform the library into a community center. Durable, long-lasting materials, solar design, high-performance lighting and energy-efficient design will provide a sustainable facility.
The new Northeast Regional Library is expected to be open by the fall of 2015.