Designed by inFORM studio, Ann Arbor District Library (Traverwood Branch) is located in Ann Arbor, United States. The site, heavily wooded and densely vegetated, is located on the Southwest corner of the intersection of Huron Parkway and Traverwood Drive. A thorough site analysis identified edges of the property along the Southwest corner which were scarred and sparsely vegetated, an ideal and well suited location for placement of the building footprint. Further evaluation of onsite circulation brought about considerations to allow parking under the building, reducing the amount of impervious surface onsite and minimising further site clearing.
Although densely populated, many of the trees were Ash, suffering the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a destructive beetle, which aggressively attacks North American Ash trees through feeding on the water and nutrient conducting tissues under the bark, killing the tree over a period of 3 to 5 years. Preliminary research showed that this particular tree species is especially well-suited to milling, as the insect does not damage the interior portion of the wood.