Richland County

Multiple Library Renovations and Additions

Richland County voters passed a $59 million bond referendum to build new libraries and update existing branches to better match the way customers need and use the library today.

Nestled on seven wooded acres, the 13,000 SF Ballentine library offers customers more than four times the amount of room for resources, technology, services and programs. With floor to ceiling glass windows, public art pieces assembled by three local artists with input and help from the community are on full display. Located near Lake Murray, SC, the Ballentine location is characterized by learning and playing, with a devoted group of users who enjoy reading, creating and community.

The Wheatley library renovations included tutoring rooms or small conference rooms, increased children’s space, and the re-paving of parking facilities.

LocationRichland County, South Carolina

ServicesMEP Building Engineering


The St. Andrews location library project included a renovation to its existing 13,000 SF facility and a 2,000 sf addition for amenities including an enhanced garden and outdoor area, teen engagement space, a large public meeting room and separate areas for children, and a new career space.

The Blythewood Library renovation and addition project included upgrades to the facade, with other new features inside. A 2,400 SF addition provided space for new meeting/group study rooms, family restroom, and a teen area. Outside, there is a public art piece Water Tower Pavilion, inspired by the Blythewood steam train water tower, along with enhanced parking and an outdoor programming space.


AIA South Atlantic Region 2021 Honor Award - St. Andrews Branch

AIA South Atlantic Region 2020 Honor Award -Ballentine Branch

Multiple Library Renovations and AdditionsRichland County