Under the direction of the Scott County Library System, BKV Group developed the functional and space program for this project allowing the new library collection to be a service hub for the Shakopee community. Expanded library programs included new centers for children, spaces for adult readers, and ample access to technology. Meeting and conference spaces were also programmed into the project to allow hosting of public discussions, presentations, and larger meetings. Staff areas were modernized to speed library service delivery capabilities.
As a major civic presence on the edge of the Commercial Historic District Boundaries, the new library responds to the Shakopee Downtown Design Guidelines through the use of 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 pedestrian and automobile-oriented users.
The design of the windows, skylights, high interior volumes and an open floor plan visually connected between two floors creates a comfortable environment for leisure, work, study and public interaction.