Arlington Heights Memorial Library Makerplace
Makerplace is where visitors 12 and up can go to get their creative juices flowing. Located at 112 N. Belmont Avenue in Arlington Heights, this space is complete with the latest technology and equipment, flexible workspaces, and a commercial-grade kitchen. The space can be used to finish a project brought from home or to start a new one. Additionally, classes will be held in the near future.
This site has a rich history. Residents of Arlington Heights originally wanted to honor service people who made sacrifices during World War II, which led to the building of the library in 1952. As money was raised and other ideas were pitched, on October 18, 1946, the Daily Herald announced that the library was adopted as a war memorial. The Arlington Heights Memorial Library has had many homes before, but the Makerplace is the first building that the library had built for its own purposes.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) assisted with developing this creative space by working with the design team as the civil engineer to provide accessible parking and sidewalks in a manner better in keeping with the current accessibility requirements. EEA enhanced traffic flow and added parking. Reversing the flow direction allowed the driveway entrances and signage to be improved. Utilities to accommodate the new learning kitchen was added, bringing this building up to current standards.