Elk River Library
KKE Architects, Inc.
300 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Location: Elk River, Minnesota
Date Bid: Oct 2006
Construction Period: Nov 2006 to Sep 2007
Total Square Feet: 16,542
Site: 4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 1,008; first floor, 1,400; second floor,
1,400, total, 3,808* square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9'6"; second, 8'6"; each
additional floor, 8'6" total, 28'6".
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Concrete,
siding. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Clark Engineering Corporation - 621 Lilac
Drive North, Minneapolis, MN 55422
General Contractor: Merrimac Construction Co. - 18651 Buchanan
Street NE, East Bethel, MN 55011
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Karges-Faulconbridge Inc. - 670
West County Road B, St. Paul, MN 55113
Cost Estimator: Faithful + Gould - 500 International Centre, 2nd
Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Elk River Library is a LEED®
registered project in the City of Elk River, Minnesota. The goals set by
the building committee were to create a beautiful and lasting facility,
create a civic campus with the adjacent city hall and public safety
building, and take advantage of the views and connections with the
adjacent Lake Orono and Orono Park.
The City of Elk River was committed to a high level of sustainable
design in support of the City's leadership in and commitment to energy
efficiency. Waste reduction, reduction in toxicity, energy conservation,
and water conservation were all driving forces for the Elk River Library
project. Sustainable design features included natural daylighting, a
high efficiency mechanical system, and adjacent water gardens. Final
certification will make this the first LEED®
certified library in the state of Minnesota.
The architectural form of the library is inspired by daylight harvesting
resulting in a modern, comfortable, and welcoming environment with the
use of wood, warm colors, and various textural elements. Local
environmental elements such as the two local rivers, and the library's
proximity to Lake Orono, are the source of inspiration for the interior
design concept. Those elements are represented by area rugs that have a
pattern reminiscent of a sandy beach, interior window glazing with a
water-like pattern, and two stylized "trees" in the children's area.
Patrons can take advantage of various serene reading areas with a
central fireplace, and picturesque views of Lake Orono.
The teen area is screened off from the adult area to provide a unique
sense of place for teenage patrons. The color scheme is similar to that
of the adult area, however the distinctive appearance derives from the
rubber flooring, the deep window seating with its colorful stained
glass, modern light fixtures, and study chairs made of aluminum. A large
video screen will soon be incorporated for gaming, webexing, and
blogging for the purpose of creating a fun place for teens to hang out
with friends and study.
The most notable accomplishment on this project is the energy
efficiency. The system designed for the Elk River Library considered
both occupant comfort and energy consumption as high priorities. While
the goal established early in the project was to design a system that
would reduce energy consumption by 40%, energy modeling resulted in a
building that is 60% more efficient than other code-based designs. The
geothermal well and the displacement ventilation system coupled with
daylighting strategies helped exceed the goal.
Water use reduction is accomplished at the Elk River Library starting
with the landscaping design. The design reduces the area of irrigation
on site. Indigenous drought tolerant plantings, the water gardens and
the high efficiency irrigation system all contribute to the water usage
DIV. 7: Membrane: Carlisle; Skylight: Kalwall.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite; Curtainwall: Wausau;
DIV. 9: Flooring: Forbo.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lithonia, Precision, Gotham.