Dawson County Library

The 3.7 acre site slopes gently toward a small creek to the west. It abuts Thunder Road, a 50-acre recreational development focusing on auto racing and Bill Elliott, NASCAR Champion from this north Georgia community. The Owner wanted good street presentation of the building with easy traffic circulation and convenient parking. The project budget limited the amount of site filling that could be done, so the building foundation walls were extended downward on the low end of the site and the natural slopes of ground maintained. Eighty-five parking spaces are conveniently located on the accessible sides of the building.
The building houses the Chestatee Library System headquarters, as well as the Dawson County Branch Library. Since some services will be shared by these two entities, a challenging design assignment was encountered. The building was also planned for community use, requiring that the front lobby, public restrooms, and meeting room be isolated for separate use during hours when the Library is closed. The circulation desk was placed front and center at the entrance into the library area, meaning that the work areas which typically support the circulation desk had to be positioned toward the back of the building. Getting from this library work area back toward the service entrance and into the administrative areas of the Headquarters Office required careful design of circulation patterns.

Dawsonville, GA
Cost/Square Foot
Gross Square Foot/Unit
Construction Start
August 2000
Construction Time
7 Months
Chestatee Regional Library System