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Bud Werner Memorial Library

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    • a living room-style reading room faces the creek, river, and mountains
    • Overview

      “[The renovation] came out great. . . . I am very pleased with the overall result. . . . This project is my one and only so I am biased, but I think we out-did ourselves.”
      —Chris Painter, Director, Bud Werner Memorial Library

      The design of this two-story addition to a community library strikes a balance between adhering to the city’s old town architectural standards and creating a unique, 21st-century civic gathering place. With its surrounding context of adjacent parks, Soda Creek, the Yampa River, and mountain views, the site is an idyllic setting. The addition responds to the ski chalet architectural style of the existing library, while appropriately blending old and new. Sustainable strategies include solar panels, innovative use of daylighting, highly efficient mechanical systems, water-saving fixtures, and sustainable materials.

    • the entry includes a cafe, popular materials, and the service desk
    • the teen area has a variety of options for reading, study, computer access, and socializing
    • the children’s area offers family-friendly reading areas and a storytime room
    • the library viewed from Yampa River
    • Specifications

      Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

      Type: Renovation/expansion

      Size: 9,000 square feet (renovation); 25,000 square feet (expansion)

      Sustainable design: LEED Silver certified

    • Project Contact

      Jack Poling

      • Architect / Principal
      • jack@msrdesign.com
      • 612 384 7574
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      Leanne Larson

      • Interior Designer / Senior Associate
      • leanne@msrdesign.com
      • 651 402 2054
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