The Highland Park Community Center, now described as a “beacon” overlooking Highland Village in St. Paul, has been amazingly transformed. In the design phase, the library entrance was highlighted as the greatest area of need. With that, a new first floor entrance was created, along with a conversion of the on-grade lower level parking under the building to generate more functioning library space.
The Highland Park Library needed to accommodate changes in demographics and building usage. The space was redesigned to accommodate a convenient express center for unloading books and materials or picking up reserved items without entering the main library on the next level. Conference rooms for community meetings were also in need; specifically space that is available when the library is closed. The teen center, expanded children’s center, and 20 computer terminals with a shared table to plug in devices all speak to the specific needs of the Highland Park neighborhood.
Clark Engineering worked with the project team on the initial topographic survey, civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction staking. Our site civil engineering team was instrumental in:
Clark’s structural engineering team sorted through some intricate details to accomplish the goals set forth with this addition. Our team worked closely with LSE Architects to remove portions of the existing concrete second floor framing to create a two-story open-air space within the library. In addition, our team designed the reinforcing on the exterior of the existing building for a screened tower, which further adds to the building’s presence on Ford Parkway.
St. Paul, MN
St. Paul, MN