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Ramsey County Roseville Library

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    • clear sightlines and wayfinding allow patrons to easily find what they are looking for
    • Overview

      Despite being the busiest library in Minnesota, this building was dark, unwelcoming, dated, and inefficient. A much-needed renovation and second floor expansion completely transform the 1990s building.

      “There’s no doubt that Roseville [Library] is, in the words of the [LJ New Landmark Libraries] judges, ‘an amazing transformation’ and a ‘dynamic improvement to an old-fashioned civic building.’ The designers broke through the design template of the 21st-century’s first decade—and it is popular. Visitors pour in from all across the Twin Cities, the number of cardholders is nearly triple the population serviced, and circulation has soared since opening.—Library Journal Library by Design Supplement

    • the most popular services (computers, A/V, cafe) are located in a main level marketplace
    • the new design focuses on incorporating daylight and views to the outside . . .
    • by framing the mature tree canopy and screening adjacent residential backyards
    • within the white interior, select application of color designates program areas . . .
    • to provide easy wayfinding for children (magenta), teens (orange), and adults (green)
    • residents considered the building an eyesore, but reusing it was a sustainable choice
    • the new exterior and landscape are an attractive addition to the neighborhood
    • Specifications

      Location: Roseville, Minnesota

      Type: Renovation/expansion

      Size: 44,797 square feet (renovation); 25,791 square feet (expansion)

      Sustainable design: LEED Gold certified

    • Awards

      ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award:
      Honorable Mention (Public Libraries Over 30,000 SF).

      IIDA/Metropolis Magazine Smart Environments Award.

      AIA Minnesota Honor Award.

      Library Journal New Landmark Library.

      Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Upper Midwest Region
      Design-Build Best Project Award for a Public Building.

      Finance & Commerce Top Project of 2010.

      IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Member’s Choice Award.

    • 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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