Esther Bone Memorial Library Renovation
City of Rio Rancho
Completed: 2008
Cost: $650,000

As New Mexico’s fastest growing city, Rio Rancho understands the importance of vibrant community forums.  After years of heavy use, the popular neighborhood library's roof was failing, the heating and air-conditioning system could not meet demands, technologies were outdated, and the interior was drab and tired.  Kells + Craig worked with city staff and contractors to create a lively and comfortable neighborhood atmosphere.  The first step was to stabilize the structure by replacing the roof, repairing leaky windows, and replacing the heating and air-conditioning system. Bamboo panels line the walls; new lighting adds drama and functionality; a copper “wave” ceiling accents the children’s library; and new finishes add colorful warmth to the space.