As New Mexico’s fastest growing city, Rio Rancho understands the importance of vibrant community forums. After years of heavy use, the popular neighborhood library's roof was failing, the heating and air-conditioning system could not meet demands, technologies were outdated, and the interior was drab and tired. Kells + Craig worked with city staff and contractors to create a lively and comfortable neighborhood atmosphere. The first step was to stabilize the structure by replacing the roof, repairing leaky windows, and replacing the heating and air-conditioning system. Bamboo panels line the walls; new lighting adds drama and functionality; a copper “wave” ceiling accents the children’s library; and new finishes add colorful warmth to the space.