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Holmen marks start of new library era

Posted on 08/31/2016 1:29 PM

Holmen's new Public Library is expected to open in August 2017.
Holmen's new Public Library is expected to open in August 2017.

The Village of Holmen, Wisconsin, recently celebrated the latest addition to its developing Civic Center – the construction of a new library for the 21st Century. 

Officials, residents and stakeholders gathered for the groundbreaking with expected completion of the facility in August 2017, just in time for students returning to school.

Holmen Village President Nancy Proctor said, “The new library is anticipated as the ‘crown jewel’ to our growing Civic Campus and certainly will be a point of community pride.”

Pictured in the above photo, from left to right, are: Justin Yahnke, Olympic Builders; Steve Johnston, Village Board; Chuck Olson, Village Board; Chris McArdle-Rojo; Scott Heinig, Village Administrator; Nancy Proctor, Village President; Bill Ebner, Village Board; Doug Jorstad, Village Board;Rich Anderson, Village Board; Joe Neitzel, Creative Laminates; and Carter Arndt, Project Manager, MSA. 

Anchor Civic Campus

The fast-growing Village of Holmen has long since outgrown its existing public library. The new facility will serve as the anchor in the Village’s Civic Campus. With a high concentration of homes and families in the area, the library will be an additional amenity to enhance the Village’s reputation as a great place to live.

The facility, designed by MSA, will “encourage community socialization in the context of vibrant growth and learning,” said Carter Arndt, AIA, MSA project manager. Olympic Builders, Holmen, is the general contractor.

The library site is based on an MSA 2011 site selection study and a follow-up site development master plan. To make this project possible, the Village acquired key properties and buildings were demolished.

Enhance Community Identity

The new library is the latest phase of the Village’s efforts to create a “sense of place” and singular identity for the community. The campus overlooks Halfway Creek with walking paths to interconnect the Village, beautiful landscape areas, stormwater infrastructure, public open grass space, and new Holmen Police Station.  

Visitors to the new 18,000-square-foot library facility will enjoy views of the landscaped Civic Campus.

A central entry and lobby with circulation desk will allow effective supervision of the facility with a small staff, while developing distinct adult, teen & children’s areas with diverse seating spaces.

The library will feature a gathering and restroom area with community displays and a large sub-dividable meeting room with an adjacent conference room that also subdivides into two small study rooms. 

The meeting room areas will be open to library patrons during regular hours, but can then be isolated to allow for after-hours community usage.

The facility also includes a central librarian work area with the tenant office areas for the Lacrosse County Library System. A partial lower level provides abundant storage areas and space for the facility’s mechanical systems.

Complementary Design

The library’s exterior, with its trellis work, will blend in with the park-like Civic Campus. The structure will have materials that are similar to the recently completed and nearby Holmen Police Station, including decorative masonry walls and metal roofing. 

 For more information, contact Carter Arndt.






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