Fountaindale Public Library Studio 300

Bolingbrook, Illinois / United States of America

Studio 300 is a digital media lab that manifests the trend in public libraries from a service model based on 'content consumption' towards one based on 'content creation.' It's an exemplary 21st-century approach to addressing the long-standing public library goal of giving library users access to resources otherwise unavailable to them.

The program consists of a variety of audio and video recording studios, a control room, and group collaboration rooms organized around an open digital lab equipped with high-powered editing stations. An integral part of Studio 300's services is furnishing users with 'pro-sumer' grade equipment including digital movie and photography cameras, lighting, musical instruments, editing software, and 3D/large-format printing.

Studio 300 occupies about half of the 13,000 square-foot basement space at Fountaindale Public Library, which was also designed by Nagle Hartray and opened to the public in 2011. The studio's interior design attempts to strike a balance between integrating it with the library as a whole and distinguishing its uniqueness. Wood column and ceiling finishes and millwork computer tables echo similar finishes and furnishings throughout the library. By contrast, a vibrant color palette and a keyboard inspired fabric-wrapped tile ceiling animate Studio 300 unlike any other library space.

Architect of record

Don McKay
Nagle Hartray Architecture
30 W. Monroe, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Phone: 312-425-1000
Fax: 312-425-1001

General contractor

Shaun Druckmiller
Development Solutions, Inc.
20 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60602, USA
Phone: 312-629-2800

Consultant 1

Brandon Fortier
KJWW Engineering Consultants
1100 Warrenville Road, Suite 400W
Naperville, IL 60563, USA
Phone: 630-527-2320

Consultant 2

Paul Gorski
332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Phone: 312-582-2000

Consultant 3

Mark Sills
Charter Sills & Associates
420 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Phone: 312-759-5909

Consultant 4

Randy Tritz
Shen Milsom Wilke, LLC
225 W. Washington, Suite 1625
Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Phone: 312-849-3340

Consultant 5

Jan McCarthy
InkSpot Design, Inc.
320 W. Ohio Street, Suite 4W
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312-337-9600

Consultant 6

Renee Doktorczyk
ArchiTech Consulting, Inc.
111 East Busse Avenue
Mount Prospect, IL 60056, USA
Phone: 224-345-3450


Scott McDonald
Hedrich Blessing
400 N. Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312-491-1101