Saint Paul Public Library unveils new designs for Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries

Date: Oct 3rd, 2013

Saint Paul Public Library unveils new designs for Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries

SAINT PAUL, MN - This week, the Saint Paul Public Library unveiled LSE Architects' new designs for 2014 renovations to Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries. "These designs show libraries that are inviting and light-filled and provide the flexible spaces and technology needed by today's library users," said Kit Hadley, director of Saint Paul Public Library. "With these renovations, Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries are transforming into learning centers and community destinations for the 21st century."

Architectural renderings of the new library designs are attached, with more available at www.sppl.org/renovations and upon request.

 Highlights of Highland Park Library's new features

  • Improved visibility and accessibility to Ford Parkway
  • Additional parking and convenient exterior book drop
  • Repurposing of 5,000 square feet to public space
  • Dedicated teen zone with technology station, meeting space, and study rooms
  • New, efficient lighting and increased natural daylighting
  • Shared HVAC system with Hillcrest Recreation Center for improved energy efficiency
  • New, large community meeting room
  • Expanded and enhanced children's area
  • More internet stations and powered furniture to accommodate personal technology
  • More soft seating for quiet reading
  • Highland Park Library renovations and Hillcrest Recreation Center updates to roof and interior painting have been combined into one project, creating project efficiency and savings
  • The future facility will better integrate the Library and Recreation Center into one community asset

 
Highlights of Sun Ray Library's new features

  • Improved visibility to Wilson Avenue
  • New public plaza, sidewalks, and landscaping
  • Additional car and bike parking and convenient exterior book drop
  • Outdoor reading garden
  • Addition of 2,500 square feet of public space
  • Community Room with restrooms and after-hours access
  • Expanded children's section with dedicated restroom
  • Genius bar technology counters for flexible study and technology use
  • Dedicated teen zone with technology station and meeting spaces
  • New, efficient lighting and increased natural daylighting
  • New, energy-efficient HVAC system


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.