Maxxon Level-Right Lends A Hand In Adaptive Reuse|
The Hennepin County Eden Prairie Library in Eden Prairie, Minnesota has taken a “big box” and breathed new life into an old grocery store as a state-of-the-art, 40,000 square foot library that will serve this rapidly growing community for many years.
Hennepin County purchased the former Lunds grocery store and held Public Planning Meetings to accumulate ideas from the community about services and materials. The county selected Bentz/Thompson/Rie of Minneapolis, Minnesota as architect. Bentz/Thompson/Rie designed a truly unique plan for the former grocery store which includes a large barrel vaulted roof covering a significant portion of the central area of the library with large windows at the ends of the vault to allow natural light to flood the interior of the library. A new porte corchere for the main entrance and a number of new arched-top windows were also included in the design.
With approximately 40,000 square feet of space, the new library will be about three times larger than the present library and include a significantly larger collection of books, videos, compact discs, and other materials — all requiring a floor that is smooth and level. That is where Level-Right® FS-10 by
Maxxon Corporation fit right into the design scheme.
The floors of vacant grocery stores usually include old refrigeration trenches, drains, and cracks and a product was needed to give the library a smooth and level floor. Level-Right FS-10 was selected for the project and was installed by TM Construction Company of Rochester, Minnesota. TM Construction leveled 38,100 square feet, ¼-inch to 3/8-inch deep using Level-Right FS-10 in the new library location. Level-Right by Maxxon is ideal for a thin-topping application over concrete and provides a smooth, level new surface that dries fast. Level-Right resurfaces old or damaged concrete floors, is excellent for new construction or renovation and levels entire floors or transition areas, and can be used as a featheredge to a deep fill.
Other advantages of Level-Right include that no troweling is required, it fills “duck ponds” in concrete floors, is water resistant, it can be used above, on or below grade and it provides a temporary wear surface in as little as two to four hours after application. There are experienced, authorized Maxxon Level-Right applicators worldwide that can be called upon.
Construction began in July 2002 on the Eden Prairie Library and the opening of the new library is anticipated for 2004. The total project cost, including acquiring, rehabbing, furnishing and stocking the library is expected to be between $16 and $17 million.
Maxxon Corporation is located in Hamel, Minnesota and produces a full line of floor underlayments and sound deadening systems. For more information on Level-Right by Maxxon Corporation you can visit them at
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