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    • daylighting reduces energy consumption by 37.5% compared to conventional libraries
    • Overview

      “We are still getting so many wows every day on the building design. We truly have become a destination location in our metro area.”
      —Verne Oleksowicz, Former Deputy Director,
      Great River Regional Library

      Housing the library and administrative offices for the Great River Regional Library, this new two-story library serves as a gateway to Saint Cloud’s historic downtown. A clerestory and granite stair create a central circulation spine. All service points are located along this daylit/stair axis, which simplifies orientation and provides intuitive wayfinding. A combination of clerestories, a canted multi-level ceiling, expansive window walls, transparent rooms, and translucent end panels allows daylight to fill the interior. These measures reduce energy consumption by 37.5% compared to conventional libraries.

    • the building is clad in copper and granite, reflecting the city’s nickname, “Granite City”
    • help desks are conveniently located along the central clerestory/stair axis
    • convenient computer access and self check stations promote self service
    • the teen area provides spaces for reading, study, computer access, and socializing
    • the library also offers meeting rooms for events and community use
    • Specifications

      Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota

      Type: New construction

      Size: 118,025 square feet

    • the design incorporates a variety of sustainable design strategies
    • Awards

      IIDA Northland Chapter FAB 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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      Matt Kruntorad

      • Architect / Principal
      • matthew@msrdesign.com
      • 612 759 5040
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