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Fayetteville Public Library’s Blair Library

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    • high ceilings, ambient lighting, and natural materials create a traditional feel
    • Overview

      “Hip and environmentally friendly.”—Library Journal

      MSR was hired to complete a comprehensive master plan, prepare a feasibility study, and provide full design services for this new central library. MSR conducted a series of 37 public forums to address the issues of expansion versus building a new facility, with a final decision to build a new facility.

      The library building was the first LEED certified building for MSR and the first LEED registered project in the State of Arkansas. Based on the success of the building’s first five years, the library is now seeking to upgrade the LEED certification to a Gold rating by adding such sustainable design features as LED parking lights, solar collectors, more efficient operating systems, and revamped cleaning procedures.

    • a reading terrace overlooks the green roof, which harvests rainwater for irrigation
    • the entry is designed as a front porch facing Fayetteville’s town square
    • located at the entry, the cafe offers social gathering space
    • clerestory windows and an undulating ceiling harvest daylight
    • children’s spaces combine traditional reading areas with access to technology
    • Specifications

      Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

      Type: New construction

      Size: 88,754 square feet

      Sustainable design: LEED Silver certified/LEED Gold registered

    • Awards

      AIA Minnesota Honor Award.

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

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

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