Southeast Library (Minneapolis)
MacDonald & Mack has started to do more work on buildings of the recent past, including Saarinen & Saarinen's Christ Church Lutheran. Our latest modern project is a major remodeling effort at Ralph Rapson's brutalist Southeast Library in Minneapolis. Built in 1963 as a credit union, and converted to a public library in 1967, the Southeast Library library serves the University of Minnesota area, including the Marcy-Holmes and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods. Our project, in partnership with Quinn Evans and several subconsultants, is part of a broader effort by Hennepin County to overhaul four of its branch libraries. For the Southeast Library, the goals include improving space use, accessibility, and the broader user experience, making it a true twenty-first century library.
The full project team also includes: Mattson Macdonald Young (structural engineer), Nelson-Rudie Associates (mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineer), Anderson Engineering (civil engineer), Damon Farber (landscape architect), Elevator Advisory Group (elevator consultant), Elert & Associates (technology consultant), and Watson-Forsberg (cost estimator).
With his winged helmet, shield, and raised sword, the copper statue of Hermann in New Ulm is an intimidating figure--all the more so because he's 27 feet tall. The monument was completed in 1897, after architect Julius Berndt was inspired by a similar monument to the Teutonic hero in Detmold, Germany. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Over the years, the City of New Ulm has taken significant steps to preserve the structure, but it was overdue for an in-depth condition assessment to understand its current state and plan for ongoing stewardship. MacDonald & Mack is partnering with Mattson Macdonald Young, Hallberg, and Crane for this project.