Rifle Branch Library, Garfield County Library

Bruce Flynn was Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture partner-in-charge and design partner

This 27,000sf library is located in the core of this revitalized western slope community.  It is adjacent the City Hall and commercial area, providing convenient services and a hub of activity for residents.  Bruce led explorations with the City and Library District to combine multiple parcels and abandon a street to accommodate multiple activities in one “civic place”.

The library design includes a civic plaza for community events, a 100 car parking garage for civic and retail users and expansion potential for a new city hall wing in the future.  This partnered approach of City and Library District allowed award of a large DOLA grant to accomplish all of the project objectives and more, including a large PV solar installation, LEED Gold certification and expansion for the future.

Special features in the library include multiple study spaces and a teen zone, children’s story room & patio, a raised floor with high performance mechanical and lighting systems, integration of an historic Roosevelt window and a community patio for 100 overlooking town & valley.  The library is USGBC LEED Gold.

  •  Location: Rifle, CO
  • Cost: $8.0 Million – building, $1.2 Million parking garage & plaza
  • Contractor: Adolfson Peterson, Denver CO
  • Completion: 2010
  • Duration: 14 months


Amelia Shelley, Library Director

970.625.4740   ashelley@gcpls.org

Matt Sturgeon, Assist City Manager, City of Rifle

970.625.6253   msturgeon@rifleco.org