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  Carmel Clay Public Library, Page 18Carmel Clay Public Library
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, LTD. 
119 North 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Carmel, Indiana
Total Square Feet: 117,285
Construction Period: July 1997 to June 1999

Construction Team
Executive Architect: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc., 334 N Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Construction Manager: Geupel De Mars-Haggerman, 7930 Castleway Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46250
Civil/Structural Engineer: Congdon Engineering Associates, Inc., 3500 DePauw Blvd., #1055, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Rotz Engineering, Inc., 2828 N High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46224
Telcom/Data Consultant: Harvey Freeman, PO Box 506, Hopkins, MN 55343
Library Planning Consultant: Library Planning Assoc., PO Box 89, Madison, WI 53701

The Carmel Clay Public Library is designed to be an enduring yet dynamic civic resource for the residents of Clay Township, located in Carmel, Indiana. To accomplish this goal, a s.f. building was constructed to offer diverse spaces and modes of information for community students and residents of all ages.

For example, the leading program requirement was that this public resource incorporates the latest information technologies to meet educational objectives. Hence, Carmel Clay Library provides numerous modes of current, useful, and accurate information. More than 300,000 books and 655 periodicals with back issues are accessible to the public. As well, almost 46,000 non-print items such as CD-ROMS, video and audiocassettes are shelved here. And, the latest information technologies are offered with over 120 on-line computer stations for public access to the catalog, Internet, and other databases.

As a dynamic civic resource, these spaces provide high-demand and high-interest material that also stimulates the interests and appreciation for reading and learning. 

Therefore, a variety of users are addressed with special areas. For example, a 25,000-square-feet comprehensive children's area includes a technology center, a large storytime room, a puppet theater, two murals with nature scenes, a parent resource center, its own audio-visual collection, and 3 separate rooms for group study. The young adult area offers popular materials collections including best-sellers, magazines, tapes, and CD-ROMS. As well, extensive business reference area is equipped with a nonfiction technology center.

To sustain this library as a dynamic place, it is first of all built to accommodate new, evolving formats. Secondly, it is built to serve customers with generous aisle widths, group study rooms, specialized lighting, and acoustic control. Finally, products were chosen according to their durability and maintenance requirements, so that Carmel Clay Library can be a public resource, built to last a lifetime.

Exterior Walls -- Brick: Endicott Clay Products Co.; Wall Panels: Alusuisse Composites, Inc.; Glazing: Viracon; Curtainwall: Kawneer.
Roof -- Mechanically Fastened EPDM: Carlisle Syn-Tec, Inc.; 16-inch Double Lock Standing Seam Copper: Revere Copper Products, Inc.
Floors -- VCT: Mannington; Terrazzo Installer/Fabricator: Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co.; Terrazzo Epoxy: TEC Inc., an H.B. Fuller company.
Interior Walls -- Gypsum Board: National Gypsum, Inc.; Special Coatings: Duraplex, by Triarch Industries, Inc.; Paint: Benjamin Moore & CO.

Elevators -- Schindler.

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