The first 1966 library structure was built to straddle the Cedar River and used pre-thrown cement yet was not consistent with ebb and flow vitality codes and falling flat basically. Furthermore, its building frameworks were not ready to stay aware of the expanded requests of a 21st century library, which are substantial in force and information use.

New cross supporting and crude aluminum siding was detailed to celebrate to praise a fundamentally expressive and finely created outside expression.

The renovation maintained the original super structure, but introduced a new energy efficient exterior envelope with floor-to-ceiling views to the nearby river.

The library’s floor plan celebrates the central span and highlights views of the river. The full height glazing and open floor plan connect the library to the river below and provides an airy atmosphere for the highly active programming elements, such as the collection stacks, children’s areas, reading rooms, and computer areas.

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Power/data distribution – vital for modern library functionality – was problematic to expand in a concrete precast structure. The team designed overhead power drops using aircraft cable and steel connections to deliver power to study tables and computer stations. The renovation revitalized a prized library on its existing footprint, and its enclosure is designed to ensure its longevity.

The team also relocated the main entry so that it is now clearly visible and accessible from the parking lot. The existing pedestrian bridge, which connects the parking lot and a nearby city park also was made more accessible, received lighting upgrades, and now boats a traction coating for safer crossing during wet or wintry weather.

Overall, the building exceeds code-level performance by five percent and light levels near the river are directed away to alleviate any impact on the salmon habitat.



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