Walnut Hills Branch Library Addition & Renovation

Creating a next generation library while preserving facility’s history


The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library




Construction Manager


Cincinnati, Ohio



Construction on the historic Walnut Hills branch library consisted of a complete renovation of the main and lower levels with an addition to almost double the library’s space. Built in 1905, this Carnegie library is the oldest branch in the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library’s (CHPL) system, and this was the first time it has been renovated in its history. A balance had to be maintained between upgrading to a new generation library facility with traditional and contemporary spaces and services, while maintaining historic elements from the original historic building.

Renovations of 13,150 SF included an updated lower level with a gallery/lobby, pre-function space leading to an auditorium, new restrooms and workroom for staff, and an updated main level with meeting rooms, an adult collection area and marketplace space. Restoration of a large auditorium on the lower level with 99-person capacity was also included, as well as new MEP systems, interior finishes, and windows throughout the facility. The 9,640 SF single-story addition consists of a new elevator, children’s area, gaming area, marketplace space, programming rooms, restrooms, and two entrances for accessibility. As meeting spaces were needed, the Library added seven small and medium-sized meeting/study rooms and one larger community room. Extensive technology updates throughout the library included CHPL’s first tablet kiosk for iPad checkout, two 24-bay laptop kiosks for in-branch use, and multiple wireless and plug-in charging stations. Exterior upgrades encompassed new landscaping, walk/ramp for accessibility, and a new parking lot. 


As construction manager, Megen provided preconstruction and construction services.  Our team collaborated with the owner and designer to incorporate many historic elements into the updated facility. Construction was completed for the Library’s grand opening in October 2022.



Square Feet Renovation


Square Feet Addition

Preserving historic elements of Carnegie Library