Joplin Public Library • Joplin, MO

As a result of the May 2011 EF-5 tornado that devastated some 7,000 structures in Joplin, Mo., the City obtained a $20 million federal grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support revitalization efforts for the construction of a new library. When the City solicited proposals for Owner’s Representative and Project Management services, CBC Real Estate Group responded and in August 2014 was awarded the project.

CBC oversaw project management of the new $25 million, 57,000 square-foot library, which was constructed at 20th and Connecticut, in the heart of the recovery area. Site work began in September 2015, followed by the start of construction in early 2016. The new Joplin Public Library opened to the public in June 2017. It is a model of modern library construction and technology. The building features a number of unique program offerings, such as MakerSpaces (creative, do-it-yourself spaces) for young entrepreneurs, event accommodations and an outdoor learning center.

The new Joplin Public Library was built with a number of environmentally friendly features, including thermal insulation and energy-efficient windows, LED lighting, occupancy sensing lights and controlled irrigation and runoff.

Project partners include Sapp Design Associates Architects, OPN Architects, Tri-State Engineering and R.E. Smith Construction Co. A 2018 Building Excellence Award Winner from the Kansas City Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Project Progress Photos and Video:

April, 2017



September 1, 2016


August 2016


August 3, 2016

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