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Hennepin County Library Maple Grove

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    • the reading porch overlooks a lake and provides a secondary entry during the summer
    • Overview

      “The long winter must feel a lot shorter in the dynamic and surprising spaces in this branch built for one of the fastest growing Minnesota communities.”—Library Journal Library by Design Supplement

      Responding to the community’s desire for a gathering space and seizing the potential of the site, this new library is designed as a pavilion in a park. A seamless design fully integrates the library and park, while a lake provides renewable, hydrothermal energy for the building. The design integrates outdoor views and spaces (such as a reading porch) to create a strong inside-outside relationship and extend the experience beyond the walls of the library. The building was designed in accordance with the Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond (B3): State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines.

    • a covered walkway leads from parking to the main entry
    • inside, expansive windows provide daylight and visual connection to the outside
    • the service desk is located between the main and secondary entries
    • the teen area offers plenty of computers and a variety of study spaces
    • the children’s area has bright colors, kid-scaled furniture, and an activity wall
    • a meeting room for library programs can also be reserved by community groups
    • Specifications

      Location: Maple Grove, Minnesota

      Type: New construction

      Size: 40,000 square feet

      Sustainable design: LEED Gold compliant

    • the design incorporates a variety of sustainable design strategies . . .
    • for example, the canted form of the green roof harvests rainwater for irrigation
    • Awards

      Library Journal Landmark Library Honorable Mention.

      IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Awards:

      Grand Award.

      Government/Institutional Category.

      Excellence in Sustainability.

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

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

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