The Somerset County Improvement Authority retained DMR to design the new Montgomery Municipal Center, the township’s new home for municipal offices, police department, library and council chambers.
A utilization study completed by DMR reduced the required square footage by 12,000 SF through shared services, resulting in a new facility of 62,500 SF, with nearly 20,000 SF dedicated to the library.
The design of the new facility included a collaborative approach which included input from more than 200 residents, ensuring the architectural character of the project reflects the identity of the community. The building’s stone exterior and natural colors embrace a contemporary style. Space for community artwork and items of historical and cultural importance is included inside the building. The form of the building speaks to the needs of each of the building’s programs, for example, high ceilings in the library and council chambers, while also giving areas like the police department and municipal offices the privacy they need.
The library, a branch of the Somerset County Library System, will include small study rooms, a conference room, a children’s section, a lounge area for parents and casual readers, a sound proof studio for podcasting and recordings and lockers outside for after-hours pick-up of books via a code sent to mobile phone or device.
The project also includes green space around the building, an events plaza and rain garden, and will be built LEED standards.