Broward County Main Library

Client Broward County
  • Programming
  • Architectural Design
  • Master Planning
Status Completed in 2020
Success To lead and inspire a coalition of stakeholders—County agencies, city residents, downtown businesses and neighbors, and civic associations—and steer a complex and layered project team toward transformation of a distinguished historic library, while forecasting the needs of future generations and propelling advancement forward.
Broward County Main Library

Broward County Main Library

Fort Lauderdale, FL

It is a rare and privileged honor when a contemporary architect is charged with the transformation of not only a historically significant architectural gem but its holistic relationship with adjacent structures, including a large garden plaza, in a landmark urban location.

Such is the privilege of SRS, contracted for master planning and implementing the strategic vision of the Broward County Main Library and its neighbors—Stranahan Park and the Women’s Club— bounded by Broward Boulevard, South Andrews Avenue, SE 2nd Street, and SE 1st Avenue in the core of Fort Lauderdale. The library, one of the last design projects of the eminent architect Marcel Breuer, and completed in 1984, has been declared a Landmark Building by the City of Fort Lauderdale Historic Board.

SRS has assembled a remarkable team of experts, including library specialists, historic preservationists, urban planners, cost specialists, landscape architects, and others who will work with stakeholders to fulfill the vision and strategies, and to protect, preserve, and respect the integrity of the Main Library building, while bringing it up to date in terms of functionality, technology, and services.