BKV Group with Dakota County has broken ground on a new South St. Paul Library – a long-awaited project that will benefit the community in many ways. “It’s a very exciting day for us,” said Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen A. Gaylord, who represents South St. Paul. “That’s the thing about libraries — it’s not just a building. It’s a place to gather, it’s a place for kids to experience the joy of reading.”
Setting the Stage for Transformation
With the current building dating back to 1927 and no longer delivering modern library services to serve a socioeconomically diverse population, Dakota County selected BKV for this monumental project with the new library featuring:
- 16,000 square feet on one level, improving access for all user
- Study rooms and meeting spaces to accommodate groups of different sizes
- A “Heritage Room” celebrating South St. Paul history
- An outdoor reading space
- A children’s area and dedicated teen space, across the street from South St. Paul Secondary School.
The library is expected to open spring of 2024, with the building designed to be comparable or above LEED Silver rating in energy efficiency and funded with $11.3 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed during the COVID-19 pandemic.