As a major civic presence on the edge of the Commercial Historic District, the new library responds to the Shakopee Downtown Design Guidelines through traditional materials and architectural design elements, interpreted for the contemporary functions and needs of a modern library to ensure long-term value. The building’s siting, massing and relationship to the surrounding community establish it as a downtown marker and destination, visible and identifiable for both pedestrians and vehicles. Public entrances on two sides promote easy access from multiple directions.
The design of the windows, skylights, high interior volumes and an open floor plan visually connect between two floors to create a comfortable environment for leisure, work, study and public interaction. The new library collection will significantly increase and will be a service hub for the Shakopee community.
Expanded library programs include new centers for children, adult readers and access to technology. Meeting and conference spaces allow hosting of public discussions, presentations and larger meetings. Staff operational areas were modernized to speed library service delivery capabilities. The design plans include the possibility of expansion for future public uses such a performing arts center, green space and additional public parking