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Minneapolis Central Library wins AIA/ALA Library Building Award

Minneapolis Central Library wins AIA/ALA Library Building Award

Minneapolis Central Library wins AIA/ALA Library Building Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (March 5, 2009)–The Minneapolis Central Library, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, has been named one eight projects to receive a 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. Biennially, representatives from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association gather to celebrate the finest examples of library design by architects licensed in the U.S. Recipients will be presented their awards at the ALA Annual Conference July 13 in Chicago.

Opened in 2006, The Minneapolis Central Library is a vital civic landmark and cultural center for downtown Minneapolis and the region. The highly sustainable design, which arose from a collaborative, public process, reinvigorates the idea of the grand urban library for new generations. With no interior load-bearing walls, the library will accommodate changes in technology and use of space. The building includes multiple sustainable design strategies, including a roof planted with drought-resistant ground cover, creating an 18,500-square-foot roof garden that slows storm water runoff and keeps the building cool. An under-floor ventilation system reduces cooling costs by 20 percent, and copious daylight and energy-efficient light fixtures help the building exceed Minnesota’s energy code requirements by 27 percent.

For more information about the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, please see the announcement from the AIA.

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