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Drake Community Library

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    • one of the most popular spaces in this community library is the large teen area
    • Overview

      “Our experience working with MSR on the new library building has been truly rewarding.  One of our primary concerns has been to build a green, sustainable library that will be a model for our community and for other libraries. The team from MS&R could not have been more responsive and enthusiastic about this goal. . . . They have taken our project well beyond the elements of sustainable design that we had envisioned.”—Lorna Caulkins, Director, Drake Community Library

      MSR’s involvement in the realization of this new community library included preparing various feasibility studies, leading a series of public meetings, guiding the site selection process, helping with fundraising, and providing full design services. LEED-NC 2.2 Gold certified, the project incorporates daylight harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, and a 50% energy savings over the base code requirements for building performance.

    • a day-lit spine connects program areas, from the service desk and children's area, to teen and adult collections and study rooms
    • a whimsical children’s program room is used for story time and activities
    • an after school hang out, the teen area has varied gathering spaces, computer access, and a whiteboard wall for graffiti
    • some of the most popular services for adults include quiet reading and study areas and access to audiovisual materials
    • in keeping with the building’s sustainable design tenets, native prairie grasses and flowers will mature to fill the landscape
    • the building design fits nicely into the surrounding community, which includes historic and Prairie-style architecture
    • Specifications

      Location: Grinnell, Iowa

      Type: New construction

      Size: 31,500 square feet

      Sustainable design: LEED Gold certified

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

      • Architect / Principal
      • jeffrey@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3223
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