Gulf Gate Library - Sarasota County

Sarasota County’s Gulf Gate Library Facility, located on Curtiss Avenue in Sarasota,  began with the demolition of the original 1980’s library facility to make way for the construction of a new two-story, approximately 25,800 SF library building on the same site.

The Library has a grand foyer/lobby entry that is 55 feet to the ceiling. A large meeting room is designed to accommodate a group of 120, and can be divided into two rooms to accommodate groups of 60. There are  additional study/meeting rooms on the second floor, an adult reading garden and a children’s reading/activity garden. There is a computer tech lab and an expanded public access computer area.  The circulation room has space for five technician desks and a state of the art sorting machine. The main Grand Stair leading to the second floor has terrazzo treads, stainless steel railings and handrails to give an open feel. Two elevators are available to assist patrons to the second floor with ease.

The project achieved LEED Silver Certification by employing sustainable construction principles.