Pratt City Library
CHASM served as design architect, in association with architect of record Herrington Architects, on the newly renovated Pratt City Library.
The original facility, constructed in 1993, was destroyed by a devastating tornado on April 27, 2011. With very little to salvage the design team redesigned the existing building to serve as a lantern for the community. The main feature of the project is the butterfly roof and the CHASM-designed water collection sculpture at the vehicular entrance of the site. The Cor-Ten steel sculpture was designed to deflect and capture rain water that cascades from the roof. The sculpture also serves as a symbol of the strength and resiliency displayed by the Pratt City Community and their unshattered spirt that stands strong, no matter the weather.
- LocationBirmingham, AL
- Size14,455 SF
- Cost$1.5 Million
The new facility includes a storm shelter for 35 people, a map of historical Pratt City landmarks in a new terrazzo floor, a business center, and three study rooms. Items from the Pratt City Historical Archives are also displayed throughout the building.