The combination of copper, glass and granite on the exterior of the St. Cloud Public Library have made the building both an iconic downtown landmark and a sought after community meeting place. David Leapaldt served as the project’s principal associate architect and led the construction management of this building focused sustainability.
Large windows and curved walls provide not only an abundance of natural light, but also a truly inviting environment for people of all ages to sit and read individually or gather in groups. The facility is designed to be lit nearly completely by natural light during the daytime.
The team designed the building’s energy systems with the most current technologies and implemented strategies to reduce the impact the building has on the environment. Sustainability was the focus at every turn and led to the development of rain gardens and low maintenance plants to naturally help contain and control storm water on the site.
*Work performed by David Leapaldt while Principal at Grooters, Leapaldt Tideman Architects PC.