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Carthage College Hedberg Library

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    • two-story-high windows in the information commons overlook the river
    • Overview

      “The Hedberg Library truly is a high-tech facility, proactively providing a large superb array of information and technical services.”
      —Wisconsin Library Association Library of the Year Award Committee

      This new library replaces the college’s existing library, which was housed in a cramped and inefficient space. Articulated as a series of volumetric and planar elements, the design serves to break down the apparent mass and scale of the building. The layered approach provides inside/outside connections and access to daylight. Significant features include two state-of-the-art technological areas: a cyber cafe (including a 24-hour gathering place with food service, a mix of desktop computers, and hookups for laptops with full campus network and Internet connections) and an information commons, designed to be the center of activity within the library.

    • materials include local stone and black glass, in keeping with other campus buildings
    • located at the entry to the library, the cyber cafe is a popular gathering place on campus
    • individual study spaces focus on views of the park-like site
    • glass-encased group study rooms provide access to daylight and acoustical separation
    • Specifications

      Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin

      Type: New construction

      Size: 65,000 square feet

    • Awards

      Wisconsin Library Association’s 2004 Library of the Year.

    • Project Contact

      Jack Poling

      • Architect / Principal
      • jack@msrdesign.com
      • 612 384 7574
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      Traci Engel Lesneski

      • Interior Designer / Principal
      • traci@msrdesign.com
      • 612 991 7764
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