Excellence in Architecture
Table of Contents
04 Seminole Heights Library
08 C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Library
09 Riverview Library
10 Seffner-Mango Library
11 West Tampa Public Library
12 North Tampa Branch Library
14 Bloomingdale Regional Library
16 Upper Tampa Bay Library
Seminole Heights Library
Located on the site of the former library, the new Seminole Heights Library room, a cafe, a library staff
library is a two-story, 20,000 sq. ft. facility completed workroom and lounge, and public restrooms. The
in the Seminole Heights Historic District in 2014. two-story lobby allows people entering the building
Designed to be architecturally compatible with the to see the activity on the second ﬂoor. The second
historic structures in the neighborhood, the new ﬂoor has a large reading room, a glass enclosed
library features brick, cast stone details, a standing children’s room and teen room, meeting/tutorial
seam metal roof, a large entry porch, and a second rooms, a large computer area, stacks, and public
ﬂoor balcony/terrace overlooking Central Avenue. On restrooms. A feature of the second ﬂoor is the central,
the ﬁrst ﬂoor, the library includes a two-story lobby, Special Collections area overlooking both the two-
three community meeting rooms, a Friends of the story atrium space and the exterior balcony/terrace.
“Very nice library, The Seminole
plenty of parking, Heights Branch
always a police oﬃcer Library is spacious,
present. Location is great beautiful and the staﬀ
as it enables high school
and middle school students is friendly.
to have easy access for doing - N. Hope
homework and research.
Glad to have it in the
- Brittany L.
stain glass win-
dows, tile ﬂoors, vault-
ed entry ways, a grand
staircase; visiting the library
just for the architectural view
is worth your time! As a teacher,
I’m happy to have this library
in near the school I work
at.” - Steph G.
Seminole Heights ﬁnally
has an oﬃcial
- Creative Loaﬁng
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C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Library
FleischmanGarcia was selected to design the new C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library, formerly known
as the College Hill Branch Library, by Hillsborough County. Located in East Tampa, the new 25,000 sq. ft.
public library will replace the existing library, originally built in 1994 and named after C. Blythe Andrews,
Jr., a publisher of the Florida Sentinel Bulletin. A section of the new library will house newspaper archives
and will be dedicated to Andrews, in memoriam of his notable career as a journalist, editor, and publisher
for nearly 50 years. The two-story building will take on contemporary design elements, and will incorporate
three large community rooms, a Kid’s Zone and a recording studio.
FleischmanGarcia was selected to design the new Riverview Library. This new 35,000 sq. ft. public library
will be one of the three largest libraries in the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. The
character of the library is being based on a “Florida Cracker” architectural style. Some of the “Florida
Cracker” architectural style character elements that will be incorporated in the library are: wide porch
areas, a metal roof, deep overhangs, gabled roofs, clapboard siding, wood beams, wood trim and shutters.
The library will also include: multiple community rooms in varying conﬁgurations for maximum ﬂexibility;
meeting rooms of varying sizes for individuals or groups; a Chamber of Commerce and Economic
Development designated area for community collaboration and networking; an interactive maker space; a
large enclosed children’s area; large reading room with ﬂexible furniture with an adjacent computer area;
and a audio/media studio with editing suites.
Seffner - Mango Library
This 15,000 sq. ft. library facility reuses the prototype building features brick, a green standing seam
ﬂoor plan from the FleischmanGarcia-designed Upper metal roof, traditional pediments with pre-cast
Tampa Bay and Bloomingdale Regional Branch concrete Doric columns and a porte-cochere.
libraries, and is designed for a future addition of
10,000 sq. ft. completed in 2009. The facility includes
community rooms, a children’s room, a computer lab,
study and tutor rooms, Friends of the Library room,
reading and stack areas, and administrative functions.
Designed in a traditional architectural style to
relate to the Seffner-Mango community, the
West Tampa Public Library
The West Tampa Library opened in January, 1914 as Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
part of theAndrew Carnegie Foundation’s international in 1983 as part of the West Tampa Historic
program for constructing free public libraries throughout District, the Tampa Bay City Council designated
the world — including 11 within the State of Florida. the library a City of Tampa Landmark in 1988.
This historical restoration project consisted of three
• Phase 1 - The exterior preservation of the
existing 2,800 sq. ft. Library. The Phase was
completed in May of 2002 and consisted of
brick and stone restoration and a new roof.
• Phase 2 - A 5,000 sq. ft. addition, which was
designed to complement the historic library
with high arched windows with similar brick
and stone details. The addition provided a new
entry and elevator access to the existing library.
• Phase 3 - Once the library addition was complete,
the current collection and staff were moved into
the new facility, and the existing library was
converted into a Community Meeting Room. The
existing windows were replaced with windows
that historically match the original windows
and the interior ﬁnishes were also restored.
North Tampa Branch Library
Completed in 2009, the new 25,000 sq. ft. North seam metal roof, the low, long horizontal lines of the
Tampa Library was designed to replace the 12,000 library, with deep roof overhangs, take on a warm,
sq. ft. building that was originally constructed in 1963. welcoming “prairie style” look. The “stair step” front
The new facility was designed to utilize the limited site wall is another architectural feature of the library that
area to the fullest extent possible while incorporating has received rave reviews from the North Tampa
community rooms, a children’s room, a computer lab, community. Tampa Branch Library includes, but is not limited
study and tutor rooms, a Friends of the Library room,
reading and stack areas, and administrative functions. to: demolition of the existing old library building (approximately
Constructed of two colors of brick with a standing 11,000 sq ft) and construction of a new single story approximately
23,500 sq. ft. building, together with construction of all associated
Bloomingdale Regional Library
Bloomingdale Regional Library has a contemporary patrons in the main Reading Room. The library also
aesthetic, with sand brick, curved window projections has ample meeting space, with group study and
with decorative metal panels, and a metal standing- tutoring rooms adjacent to the main Reading Room
seam roof. It was designed to accommodate a 10,000 that can be reserved in advance for group or individual
sq. ft. addition at a later date. The library hosts a study sessions. The Community and Friends of
full range of books, magazines and dvds, while the Library Rooms are located off the main lobby,
supporting a wide variety of programs for children and allow for the general public and not-for-proﬁt
and adults. In addition, there is a separate glassed- groups to hold after-hour meetings and functions.
in Children’s Room, which allows for small groups
of children to have “Story Time” without disturbing
Upper Tampa Bay Library
Utilizing the prototype ﬂoor plan designed by disturbing patrons in the main Reading Room.
FleischmanGarcia for the Bloomingdale Regional The library, also, has ample meeting space, with
Library, the Upper Tampa Bay Library has a group study and tutoring rooms adjacent to the main
traditional exterior appearance, with red brick, gable Reading Room that can be reserved, in advance, for
roof projections with white pre-cast columns, arched group or individual study sessions. The Community
Palladian windows, and a shingled roof. The library and Friends of the Library rooms are located off the
hosts a full range of books, magazines and dvds, main lobby, and allow for the general public and not-for-
while supporting a wide variety of programs for proﬁt groups to hold after-hour meetings and functions.
children and adults. In addition, there is a separate
glassed-in Children’s Room, which allows for small
groups of children to have “Story Time” without
OF INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP
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designing the buildings that shape our future leaders’ minds,
FleischmanGarcia Architecture has worked on thousands of projects
throughout its 47 years in business. Our team of experts provide
top-notch professional services in a wide variety of areas, including
architectural design, site design, historic preservation, sustainable
design, feasibililty studies, site analysis and much more.
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our vast knowledge of design and our strong track record of past
accomplishments means we are uniquely qualiﬁed to help you meet
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“Our diversified experience is
absolutely invaluable. Whether
we’re working on a school, a
library, or an office building, we
know what details work, and
which ones don’t.
Sol J. Fleischman Jr., AIA
Chairman and CEO
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