SFS Architecture

Community Engagement

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

2011, KC Magazine & Commercial Journal, Design Excellence Awards
Architecture: Interior - GOLD

2011, KC Magazine & Commercial Journal, Design Excellence Awards
Interior: Contemporary Interior Design - GOLD

2011, Kansas City Business Journal, Capstone Award for Achievements in Real Estate - Community Impact

International Interior Design Association, Mid-America Design Awards - Renovation & Restoration- SILVER

Kansas City Pitch “Best Of” Awards, People & Places - Best Makeover

Published, Kansas City Star Article - March 2010, “A brighter, better Bluford”

Published, Kansas City Star Article - April 2010, “Revamped Bluford library heightens ‘wow’ factor for patrons”

Published, The Call - October 2010, “Progress being made at Lucile Bluford Library”