Transforming Libraries

Hamline Midway | Preliminary Assessment

Gross Area: 7,911 square feet

Usable Public: 5,045 square feet

2019 Visits: 87,777

Assessment Big Picture

  • Two-story library
  • Accessible entry off the alley is inequitable
  • Building is lacking mechanical ventilation
  • Floor to floor height of 9' 6" is limiting
  • Lower-level hallway width and height do not meet accessibility requirements
  • Structural system shows sign of deterioration in visible areas
  • Subterranean water infiltration is the likely cause of foundation degradation and wet walls and floors
  • Remote lower-level restrooms present major security challenges
  • Select architectural features could be retained or re-used
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