St. Michael Civic Center11800 Town Center Drive
St. Michael, MN 55376
Design Achievement – The new St. Michael Civic Center is a shared use facility located in the City's new Town Center Development. The site was chosen as an opportunity for this growing area to create a new sense of downtown in a community-funded retail, commercial, and governmental development while simultaneously providing initial capital investment and traffic to that same development. High visibility, the benefits of retail adjacencies, and community connectivity to bicycle trails and walkways are all an added benefit to this plan. Co-locating library, city hall, and senior center programs into a single facility enhances community connections across generations. The design gives each program its own distinct zone, while creating a unified architecture that uses transparency, light, and geometry to create an inviting, dignified civic presence. Ample windows harvest daylight, provide views out to the surrounding landscape, and increase a sense of safety and security through high visibility.
Scope Summary – Scope included a new 32,000 SF shared use facility to house city hall, library, and senior center. Library features include an enhanced and themed children's area, technology teen zone, quite reading room, expanded collections, and community spaces. The project incorporated various sustainable strategies and features, including maximized daylighting with controls; high-efficiency and easy to maintain HVAC systems; material selected for durability, recycled content, and low- or no-emissions; and flexibility to allow for technology upgrades over time, or building expansion. As a part of proceeding through project planning and design, the team was also successful at securing a $400,000 grant from the State of Minnesota to contribute toward the Library construction cost. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design services.