Berkeley Public Library is comprised of four very distinct architectural settings. A 2008 bond measure allowed for significant improvements to each location. While public financing paid for major construction, the Library turned to the generosity of donors for funding. Once the improvements were complete, recognizing the contributors became a priority.
The library was especially clear in their needs and expectations. GNU's job was to provide a solution that met their program. Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services, summed up the experience working with GNU (Lafayette, Calif.), saying “Our donor signs look great. We are very pleased with the final product, the design is creative, modern and interesting, but doesn’t compete with the architecture – each of the four larger donor plaques “fit in” to the design of the space yet bring a cohesiveness to the overall program. The workmanship is well done, they are classy and complement our spaces. GNU’s install crew was fantastic. They worked well together, knew their stuff, were very neat and respectful of the spaces, met our tight install schedule and were a real pleasure to work with.”