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  Elk River Library
LEED® Certified

Elk River Library, page 34Architect

KKE Architects, Inc.
300 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

General Description

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. 

Construction Team

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 reduction.   


DIV. 7: Membrane: Carlisle; Skylight: Kalwall.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite; Curtainwall: Wausau; Windows: Traco.
DIV. 9: Flooring: Forbo.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lithonia, Precision, Gotham.

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