Office of Facilities Development  |  Northside Library Project

Northside Library Project

Northside Front Entry Perspective
Proposed Library Schematic

Project Overview:

The Northside Library project will provide a permanent location for the Northside Library at 705 Rio Road (former Phillips Building) and also will provide long-term County warehouse/ storage space at a significant cost savings to the County. The new facility, involving repurposing of an existing building, will provide approximately 30,000 square feet of library space, and over 20,000 square feet of warehouse space.  Construction began in early 2014 with completion currently scheduled for early 2015.  

Project Updates: 

NEW PHOTOS of Northside Library Construction

Update: October 20, 2014
All interior mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler rough-in complete.
Majority of wall framing and drywall complete.
Drywall finishing close to completion and ready for prime coat painting.
New curb and gutter at parking lots has started and should be complete by mid-November.
Air cooled chiller has been installed.
New skylights have been installed.
All interior HVAC equipment has been installed.
Elevator shaft is complete.
New front entrance is close to completion.

Update: July 7, 2014
Undercut of unsuitable soils (front and side)
South & north stairwell walls poured
Air handler placed
Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing lines installed
New fire line installed

Update: April 30, 2014
Project construction is now underway, with Kenbridge Construction as the General Contractor. 

Plan Materials - 9/26/13
Northside Library Site Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF
Revised Landscaping Adobe Acrobat PDF
Floor Plan - First Floor Adobe Acrobat PDF
Floor Plan - Second Floor Adobe Acrobat PDF 

Community Meeting #3 - Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Northside Library, Albemarle Square

Community Meeting #2 - Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Northside Library, Albemarle Square
    Perspective Site Plan Information
         Basement Adobe Acrobat PDF
         Main Level Adobe Acrobat PDF
         Mezzanine Adobe Acrobat PDF
         Site Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF

Community Meeting #1 - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Northside Library, Albemarle Square 
     Community Feedback Adobe Acrobat PDF


Library Design Team:

Bill Letteri
Doug Walker
John Halliday
Lindsay Ideson
Trevor Henry
Ron Lilley
L.F. Wood
Tony Townsend

Architects:  Peter Bolek, James Shook (HBM)

Comments & Questions:

The Northside Library project is being managed by the Office of Facilities Development (434) 872-4501 and the contact is Blake Abplanalp at

Contact the Department
Office of Facilities Development
401 McIntire Road
Room 228
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-972-4091
Email the Department