Southfield Library

Southfield Public Library • Museums & Edu-tainment • June 2003

A&ES Michigan public library excites children with a themed mystical environment for experiential learning…


The Southfield Public Library enriches the Michigan community’s life by providing opportunities to connect, discover, and learn knowledge in a uniquely engaging and enjoyable environment. Nowhere is this more apparent than the visually exciting, themed spaces designed and created specifically for children. Whether in the interior of a vast spaceship or a mystical world of friendly dragons and enchanted forests, Southfield Public Library inspires children to enjoy exploring the wondrous world of the written word. It helps people succeed.

A&ES Build Highlights

Known for creating richly textured and engaging themed environments for children, the A&ES creative team offers its imagination and experience to design and engineer the library’s various themed interior and exterior spaces. A&ES fabricates the fiberglass sculptural elements key to the central concepts and integrated interactive learning stations, including specialty lighting. The result is texture and atmosphere, making the environments more engaging and rewarding for children seeking knowledge.

A&ES Design and Fabrication

  • Themed shelving and millwork with custom color stains and coatings
  • Treehouse reading area with realistic bark and foliage, decking and lounge seating
  • Reading area stone fireplace with hand-painted murals
  • Interactive “gizmo” play area with telescopes and binoculars
  • Space station themed large reading room with themed wall panels, dimensional appliques, authentic suspended space suit, reading tunnel specialty furniture and lighting, ceiling rocket boosters, and interactive stations.
  • Sculptural reading throne with dimensional overhead beams
  • Larger than life book-themed arch with stacked book-themed columns
  • Dragon’s den reading nook with interactive dragon
  • Larger than life exterior stacked book sculpture
  • 3-D worlds of wonder signage
  • Specialty lighting and acrylic wall panels
  • Custom large acrylic reading dome with world map faux etching
  • Onsite coordination and installation

A&ES Services Details

  • Research and analysis of the client’s goals and requirements
  • Assessment of preliminary space plans
  • Provision of project management services including preparation of project budgets and schedules
  • Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, details, and specifications
  • Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes
  • Identify facility impacts between contractor and A&ES components
  • The organization, coordination, and planning
  • Pre-production and prototyping
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino
  • Thermoplastic fabrication
  • Shop drawings (CAD)
  • Water-jet metal shapes
  • CNC machining
  • Architectural millwork
  • Specialty automotive paint prepping and finishing
  • Fiberglass production (FRP)
  • 3-Dimensional design and fabrication
  • Complete design specification services
  • In-house fabrication
  • Turnkey installation

Whether in the interior of a spaceship or a mystical world of friendly dragons and enchanted forests, explore the wondrous world of the written word.

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