Public Events to Showcase New Designs for Highland Park and Sun Ray Libraries

Date: Sep 3rd, 2013


Saint Paul, MN - The Saint Paul Public Library will host two public events to showcase new designs by LSE Architects for renovations at Highland Park Library and Sun Ray Library.


Highland Park Library design presentation

September 24, 6:30 p.m., at Hillcrest Recreation Center auditorium

1978 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul


Sun Ray Library design presentation

September 26, 6:30 p.m., at Conway Recreation Center

2090 Conway Street, Saint Paul


About the renovation projects at Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries

A public-private investment will support renovation projects at Highland Park Library, at 1974 Ford Parkway, and Sun Ray Library, at 2105 Wilson Avenue, Saint Paul. Construction at each library will begin in early 2014, with project completion anticipated in summer or fall of 2014. Renovations will transform these libraries into learning centers and community destinations for the 21st century. The libraries will be more flexible, have more meeting, learning and programming space, and have areas designated for children and teens to learn, grow, and have fun.

Highland Park Library was built in 1954 (and known then as the Ford Parkway library). The building was redesigned in 1974, and the current library shares its facility with the Hillcrest Recreation Center. The renovation budget at Highland Park Library is $7,930,000.

Sun Ray Library was built in 1970, and minor renovations and additions were done in 1985 and 2000. The Sun Ray library renovation budget is $5,545,000.

Saint Paul Public Library selected LSE Architects to design the renovations at Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries. Led by Mohammed Lawal, LSE Architects has extensive experience designing for library clients, including Minneapolis Public Library, Great River Regional Library, Anoka County Library, Hennepin County Library, and Chisago County Library. LSE has demonstrated strengths producing designs for contemporary libraries that incorporate sustainable solutions.

About the Saint Paul Public Library

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