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Rochester Public Library Expansion (Two Floor Addition)

Plans are in motion for Rochester Public Library to begin a study of a two-floor addition to the downtown location, a renovation that would nearly double the facility in size, and cost an estimated $47 million to $55 million.

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Project Information

Collaborators, Project Phase & Type, Impacts, Related Projects

Collaborators 

Lead Organization: Rochester Public Library

Contact: John Hunziker ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: Rochester Public Library

Potential Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; County of Olmsted, MN ; DMC EDA


Related Projects

Creating a 21st Century Community Space ; Education, Health and Recreation Space (DMC UMR/Rec sub-district) ; Envisioning a 21st Century City: Regional Issues, Global Perspectives ; Integrated Recreation, Education, Living Space (iREL) Rochester Family Y 2020 Plan Concept


Impacts 

Major Impact:  Education

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Education, Reading, Vision/Identity

Level 2: Education, Education

DMC Impacts:

Education/Learning Environment, Waterfront

Community Health Impacts:


Project Phase

Archive  Phase

Project Type

 

 

Detailed Description

The 21st Century Library for a vibrant city.

The role of a community library continues to evolve. Without enough square footage, programs compete for space on a weekly basis, preventing the Library from meeting public demand.

THE SOLUTION

After a full examination of other options, Library officials determined the most cost-effective solution is a $55 million renovation and expansion of the current building. RPL is exploring funding options through City of Rochester, Olmsted County, Destination Medical Center (DMC), and philanthropic gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

• Provide a Youth Floor for children and teens.
• Utilize flexible and balanced (quiet/loud) space for programming, collaboration, and engagement. 
• Connect varied generations, ability levels, and cultures in new ways. 
• Strengthen the community with information and technology. 
• Spark imagination and innovation through new opportunities.

 

PB Article:

Plans are in motion for Rochester Public Library to begin a study of a two-floor addition to the downtown location, a renovation that would nearly double the facility in size, and cost an estimated $47 million to $55 million.

The library is the gathering place of the community, a space that shows a true cross-section of the community's populous, said Library Director Audrey Betcher at a Rochester Library Board meeting Wednesday.

Funding sources for the 80,000-square-foot addition and renovation could include a similar cross-section of the community. A preliminary outline of financing proposed support from local government, local business, nonprofit organizations and citizen donors.

"What we're trying to do is show that the community is willing to pay for some of it," said John Hunziker, library communications manager, during a presentation detailing the library expansion.

Hunziker's preliminary funding sources showed the city of Rochester issuing bonds for $20 million to $40 million of the cost; Olmsted County contributing significantly; and Destination Medical Center adding a large sum. A public fundraising effort would account for about $3 million.

 

Key reports on: Rochester Public Library Expansion (Two Floor Addition)


  

General reports on: Rochester Public Library Expansion (Two Floor Addition)


March 02, 2016 Fundraising questions for RPL expansion

Sixty-three people were interviewed for the survey, plus an online survey yielded 263 responses. It was done in part to assess how fundraising for the project would go; the document refers to a $3 million fundraising campaign for the project.

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Key Beam Reports on:

Education, Reading, Vision/Identity  
September 13, 2022: DMC Information

July 2022 Destination Medical Center Information Sheet.  

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September 10, 2022: Luther College Rochester Semester Cohort

 Luther College Rochester Immersion internship placements and coursework information: 2021, 2022 programming information 

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September 09, 2022: Concept refinement

Expressed as Community Hall - Intercultural Space

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July 25, 2022: RISE for Youth 2022 Activities

A: Career Fairs;  B: 2022 Cohort: (1) Call to be a RISE for youth mentor; (2) Need Students to Apply - RISE for Youth Program -March 1st Application Deadline

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July 14, 2022: Opportunity to make an impact

Community Health Assessment & Planning (CHAP) co-designers wanted. 

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June 25, 2022: May 18, 2022 DMCC Board Meeting

May 2022 Proceedings and notable breakouts

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May 09, 2022: Community Co-Design Toolkit

As a member of the Community for Health Steering Committee and piloting the use of co-designing in the Discovery Walk project, OpenBeam participated in developing the Community Co-Design Toolkit as a guide for other community projects to consider and adopt a co-design process to maximize inclusive engagement. 

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April 28, 2022: United Way Funding Opportunities

(a) 2022 RFP  (b)  2020 RFP United Way of Olmsted County is seeking proposals: (1) programs that provide high quality childcare or early childhood education and (2) proposal to "build back better". 

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March 29, 2022: Rochester Public Schools Board Self-Evaluation

2022 RPS School Board Self Evaluation Framework; Video Recording

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March 28, 2022: RPS School Board Meeting - 3/22/22

Strategic Action Plan - Focus Group and Survey Results

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March 12, 2022: Rochester Area Family Y - A new beginning

February/March 2022 Newsletter: Extending the Y missions across the Rochester community: A message from the Rochester Y Board Chair 

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