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Brookdale Library
Building first opened 1981 with 31,155 sq ft

Renovation
Completed May 2004,
Size: 53,155 sq ft
Architect: Buetow & Assoc., Loren Abraham, Architect, Project Manager
Contractor: Shaw-Lundquist
Interior Design: E-Design
Budget: $19,000,000
Collection: 150,000 items
 
Art
Northern Cascade sculpture in Rotunda: Ray King
11.4 ft w 21.6 ft h suspended 16.3 ft from the ground. Approx. 480 glass discs laminated with diachronic coated glass that changes color--from turquoise blue to magenta to gold--depending on the orientation of the viewer.
Jungle Animals Climbing sculpture in Children’s Area: Christopher Tully
32 ft. high, 15 ft wide, 13 ft deep. steel skeleton structure with Styrofoam-carved jungle animals covered in fiberglass (StarTribune article 7/31/05 B3)
Readsalot the Dragon (20 ft. long) and Castle in Children’s Area: TivoliToo 
 
Computers
118 computers with free public access to the Internet
Microsoft Word (38) and Microsoft Office (32) available on selected computers
 
Awards and Publications
2004 "Hennepin County Brookdale Regional Center: Reimagining the Relationship Between Human Beings and Their Environment" Loren E. Abraham
2005  NaCo Achievement Award, The Brookdale Project
2005  American Libraries April issue.
2006  Heart of the Community: the libraries we love. 
          Reference 027.4973H p.84-85
 

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