ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
A strong addition to Charlotte’s cultural district, ImaginOn was a joint effort of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
The new 160,000 SF facility consists of a library with computer stations and a story telling room for younger children, a library for teenagers with a 40-station computer lab and loft space on the second level and a theater complex intermingled in the 2-story structure.
The theater complex was designed for all age groups and includes an animation studio, a 570-seat theatre and theater rehearsal rooms. The project also included a 400-car parking deck. The building now serves as the central location of all children’s services, programs and events for the PLCMC branch libraries and other educational institutions.
ImaginOn was awarded a LEED Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council and was the first LEED Silver project in Mecklenburg County.