About Brookdale Library
Building first opened 1981 with 31,155 sq ft
Completed May 2004,
Size: 53,155 sq ft
Architect: Buetow & Assoc., Loren Abraham, Architect, Project Manager
Interior Design: E-Design
Collection: 150,000 items
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
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