Goldendale Community Library Interior Renovations

Goldendale, Washington

How do we meet the needs of a modern library in an historic building with a modest budget?

Goldendale Community Library Interior Renovations. Brightly daylit children's area in a library filled with colorful furniture and a rounded window seat. Snow on the grounds and street surrounding the building.

Goldendale’s historic 1914 Carnegie Library had undergone a 1980’s renovation and expansion which, by 2018, had become outdated and inefficient.  In order to address these issues, FFA was contracted by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) to design solutions that would enable the facility to provide materials, technology, programming and services to meet current needs and adaptability to evolve into the future.

FFA’s Library Design Team began by seeking input directly from Library administration, staff, stakeholders and community members, through a robust public engagement process.  Armed with the goals and aspirations from both Goldendale’s citizens and the library staff, the team began developing designs that would be compatible with the historic character of the original building, enhance natural daylighting and views, and improve accessibility.

New features include greater opportunities for comfortable, quiet seating, increased convenient power and technology access points, a bright and cheerful children’s area with an abundance of natural light, an inviting and cheerful teen area with age-appropriate furniture and equipment for study and gathering, new enclosed study rooms and improved, efficient staff areas.

Year Completed:
16,000 sf
Project Contact:
Troy Ainsworth, AIA
Principal, Market Lead
1914 Carnegie Library
1980’s Renovation and Expansion
Public Spaces For Teens (before)
Public Spaces for Teens (after)
Staff Support Space (before)
Staff Support Space (after)
Bright, Comfortable Reading Areas
Children’s Area (before)
Children’s Area (after)


In addition to providing space planning and interior design to elevate the user experience and functionality of the spaces, FFA replaced and refreshed interior finishes, specified new energy-efficient lighting and replaced dark exterior glazing with clear, energy-efficient glass.

Quiet Study Space (before)
Quiet Study Space (after)