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New Orleans Public Library Master Plan

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    • our work with the New Orleans Public Library on their system-wide master plan also included materials for fundraising
    • Overview

      This facilities master plan outlines $650 million in aggressive renewal for the library system.

      The system-wide master plan and separate main library master plan call for strengthening the area’s 13 public libraries and reimagining the system after Hurricane Katrina. MSR’s long-term relationship with the client began with the pro bono restoration of the Alvar Street Branch Library after Hurricane Katrina, continuing with this master plan, and including the conceptual design of the new Jazz Branch Library. The overall recommendation for the system is to provide facilities, staffing, and funding to enable it to achieve far-reaching but attainable service goals. These goals are entirely achievable with leadership from the board, foundation, staff, and City of New Orleans. If achieved, the NOPL can become a world-class organization, providing first-class service to all of its residents (regardless of economic social status) and paving the way for the city’s renaissance.

    • system-wide master plan showing locations of proposed libraries as of 2030
    • our work with NOPL began with pro bono design for the restoration of the Alvar Street Branch following Hurricane Katrina
    • our master planning work extended to the proposed design for the new Jazz Branch
    • Specifications

      Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

      Type: Master plan

      Size: 404,454 square feet

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

      • Architect / Principal
      • jeffrey@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3223
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      Paul C.N. Mellblom

      • Architect / Principal
      • paul@msrdesign.com
      • 612 209 7787
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