The forecourt design focused on improving the Library’s identity and accessibility. An entrance portico was created to give the Library a “front door” on Lafayette Square and to provide elevator access to the building’s main floor. The proposal called for removal of the existing sloped plaza to be replaced with a new level terrace with expanded public exhibition space underneath.
A new structure in the vacant north-west corner of the site was proposed to contain the Central Library bookstore and coffee shop which could be entered directly from a public plaza. This plaza was designed to visually and physically expand Lafayette Square to better accommodate civic events.