SFS Architecture

  • L. H. Bluford Branch Library Renovation, Kansas City Public Library

    Kansas City, MO

    Design revitalizes urban neighborhood branch library as a hub for community activity


    Renovate and redesign an existing branch library building within an urban neighborhood to provide an inviting resource for information, entertainment and community activities, and create a symbol of civic pride.


    The design team collaborated with Kansas City Public Library representatives and community stakeholders to determine project goals, including common spaces for both study and interaction, flexibility for rearrangement of displays, furnishings, and space allocation over time, and functionality and efficiency.


    Completed on a fast-track schedule, the newly renovated facility is a beacon of activity for the surrounding community, providing appropriate spaces for study, research, entertainment and interaction. Historic neighborhood artifacts and collections are displayed with finishes appropriate to the local heritage. The furnishings respond to the patrons, especially the children and teens, with gaming stations, game tables, fun furniture and increased number of computer tables. The vibrant, welcoming facility will provide value to the community for years to come.

    Awards & Publications

    Gold Award - Architecture and Interior, KC Magazine and Commercial Journal

    Gold Award - Interior: Contemporary Interior Design, KC Magazine and Commercial Journal

    Capstone Award for Achievements in Real Estate - Community Impact, Kansas City Business Journal

    MADA Silver Award - Renovation and Restoration, International Interior Design Association - Mid America Chapter

    “Best Of” People and Places Award - Best Makeover, The Pitch newspaper

    Published, Kansas City Star, “A brighter, better Bluford” (March)

    Published, Kansas City Star , “Revamped Bluford library heightens ‘wow’ factor for patrons” (April)

    Published, The Call, “Progress being made at Lucile Bluford Library”