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Fargo Public Library Main Library

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    • light and color breaks the monotony of Fargo’s long, cold winters
    • Overview

      “The public loves the building. It has fulfilled our dreams of how the new library would be used by our customers.”
      —Beth Postema, Deputy Director, Fargo Public Library

      The result of an extensive community process, this new main library serves as an indoor town square that takes full advantage of its downtown location. The building presents itself to the city with a pair of brick facades that act as bookends, supporting spaces such as community meeting rooms, a gallery, reading/study areas, staff spaces, and book stacks. North Dakota’s vibrant and varied landscape provided inspiration for the library’s color palette. Sustainable design features include reusing salvaged granite from the old library for the main stair’s treads, use of a bio-based material created from sunflower hulls for pieces of the library’s casework, daylight harvesting, and a high-performance heating and cooling system.

    • the central stair is made from granite salvaged from the old library
    • flooring choices mimic aerial views of fields, a nod to the area’s agricultural base
    • the brightly colored children’s area has kid-sized furniture and a storytime room
    • the building is supported by two brick “bookends”
    • Specifications

      Location: Fargo, North Dakota

      Type: New construction

      Size: 52,620 square feet

    • 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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