The renovation of a small public library gem in south Minneapolis is in full swing.  The project’s goal is gain a balance between its historic charm while incorporates modern amenities.  The exterior portion is almost complete including the update of the building’s envelope; the building’s exterior will get some re-pointing and replacement of deterioratedbrick and crumbling grout.  The outdoor public spaces have been laid ready for the updated landscape this spring.  The 500-square-foot addition for a multipurpose room for community and library activities has been constructed and closed up.  The addition adds a lot of space to this small library along with a lot of day light.

Meanwhile interior renovation is moving along! Consistent with green building standards, the inside will have plenty of natural light and updated systems.  The goal here was to improve staff work areas, create more efficiency and accessibility spaces and refresh the overall interior; keeping it warm, rich and intimate feeling.

The best part about this process has been the community’s involvement and their enthusiasm. Neighbors participated in a design collaboration to help refine the renovation goals.   Don’t only is this library getting a rejuvenated architecturally, Hennpin County will be provided more public computers, wireless access, a teen area, more books, DVDs and CDs, and new but appropriate furniture; flexible, appealing with comfortable seating.  The Roosevelt library will reopen in early summer 2013.