This beautiful adaptive reuse project gives new life to a structure that once manufactured both rockets and chicken nuggets. Its future design as a public library will celebrate the ecological history of the Blackland Prairie, as well as facilitate dynamic, active learning that empowers its visitors and staff.

The space will feature multiple access points. To address the security and service challenges of a library with two access points, Gensler developed a parti reminiscent of the Dogtrot-style homes customary to the Blackland Prairie in the 19th and early 20th centuries, connecting two entries with an interior breezeway.

Ample sustainability measures were integrated into the design to reduce solar impact and lower the building's energy load. The landscape design features native plants and includes bioswale water collection areas.

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Tour Leader:  Brian Nicodemus, AIA, Senior Associate, Gensler

With two decades of experience specializing in county, municipal, regional, and civic facilities within Dallas/Fort Worth and the greater U.S., Brian is a successful consensus‐builder. Highly experienced in coordinating seamlessly amongst multiple stakeholders on complex government and community projects, he excels in creating a collaborative working environment in which all parties feel their voices are heard. Brian has a rare gift of finding common ground amongst various viewpoints, and ensuring that every stakeholder has fully participated in the final outcome of a project. His passion for civic and community work is driven by a desire to give back to the public officials who sacrifice to serve their community. An award‐winning architect skilled at balancing budgets and managing complex teams, Brian’s greatest passion is to serve those who serve others.