Building for the Next Generation
To meet the needs of the Maplewood community, Ramsey County and library staff decided to build a replacement 31,000 SF branch library. An extended entry canopy and native plantings, along with warm-colored building materials, welcome patrons from the street, wrap the exterior and nestle the building into the site. The reference and circulation desks are located along the main circulation spine. Staff benefit from clear sight lines between desks and into the collection. The staff workrooms are open, flexible and support an efficient flow of materials. The automated sorting equipment in the workrooms improves ergonomics and greatly reduces the task of repetitive sorting, allowing staff more time to personally interact with patrons. A multifunctional meeting space and coffee shop welcome the community for after-hours use.
Municipal projects provide essential public services, programs and facilities, and they frequently incorporate a variety of governmental uses into their design platforms. They typically require attention to users’ diverse – sometimes competing – needs, which are often budget-driven. Our collaborative approach and responsiveness to clients’ diverse requirements makes McGough ideally suited to be the construction partner for municipal and government projects.
Contact Jim Frisell or Andy Rasmussen to learn more.