An Indianapolis architectural firm will be designing the new Paul Sawyier Public Library building. The library board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Woollen, Molzan and Partners.
The firm's fee will be 6.25 percent of the construction costs, said board vice chairman Mike Fields, who served as chairman of the architectural and engineering evaluation committee.
Board member Mark Overstreet, who also served on the evaluation committee, said Woollen, Molzan and Partners has a tremendous amount of experience designing libraries.
"The architects have been very easy to work with and talk to," Overstreet said. "They very much want it to be a collaborative process. They want to hear what the board, the library staff and the public want in a new library building."
One of Woollen, Molzan and Partners' library projects was the new $10.8 million Kinlaw Library on the Asbury College campus in Wilmore. Library Board treasurer Diane Garrison said she talked to some patrons of that library, "and they really like it. They say it fits in well with the surrounding architecture."