The new architect for the Brookfield Public Library is the library’s old architect.
After opening a formal search and interviewing four firms the library board hired a new firm — one that employs Michael Mackey, the architect who had prepared the preliminary plans for building that the library board hopes to build.
Shortly after providing revised plans to the library, Mackey was laid off from the library’s former architectural firm, Dewberry, which decided to de-emphasize library work.
Letting Mackey go prompted the library board to search for a new architectural firm. After interviewing four firms, the library board chose StudioGC, for whom Mackey is now working.
“It’s a good thing,” said library board President Jennifer Perry of working again with Mackey. “It gives us continuity working with Michael Mackey, but StudioGC also has Rick McCarthy, who is well known in library architecture.”
McCarthy also used to work for Dewberry and worked on the Brookfield Public Library’s internal remodeling a few years ago.
StudioGC is based in Chicago and specializes in providing architectural services to public-sector clients.
Perry said all the architectural firms the library board interviewed were impressive.
“It was a really difficult decision,” Perry said.
Library Director Kimberly Coughran also is happy to have Mackey on back on board.
“The library enjoyed its working relationship with Michael and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him once again,” said Coughran in a press release announcing the decision. “Michael’s continued stewardship will be especially helpful as the library prepares to submit its final planned unit development application for the new library facility in mid-2015 to the village of Brookfield.”
The library board hopes to build a new library on land it purchased two years ago for $589,185 from the Brookfield United Methodist Church, which sat across the street from the current library. In 2013 the library demolished the church.
Once final plans for the new library are approved the library will, at some point, have to seek to get voters to approve a referendum to raise the money to build a new library.