Gazing through a telescope at the vast night sky is just one of the unique offerings at the new Gunnison County Public Library. The town of Gunnison – referred to as “Gunny” by locals – is a tight-knit mountain community. Anderson Hallas brought hundreds of these residents together to plan and design their new library through events, activities, workshops, and presentations. The community’s engagement established consensus around a shared vision, which led to a successful ballot initiative.
Located in a scenic mountain valley in the Rockies at an elevation of 7,700 feet, Gunny is known for its cold winters and natural beauty. The library sits along a popular bike path, with the local schools to the east and protected open space to the west. It offers expansive views and flexible indoor and outdoor gathering spaces that connect and inspire all who visit. Solar and geothermal technologies serve the sustainability and stewardship goals that the community identified as essential to the design.