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October 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

$25.00 – $30.00

 Abstract & Agenda: 

One of the most nuanced Modern-era branch libraries in the country was originally a credit union. Designed in 1963 by the renowned modernist architect and teacher Ralph Rapson, the glass, concrete, and red brick building lies at the edge of Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota. Over time, Rapson’s clear-span banking space, floating concrete waffle slab ceiling/structure with 22 skylights, basement scoop lights, board-formed concrete site walls, and the undulating brick and glass envelope was dissolving into disrepair. 

Using flood testing, GPR, laser scan, concrete testing and matching, mortar matching, thermal imaging, and energy modeling, along with solving a number of design changes, the team strove to create a modern library but retain the significant elements of the original design. Todd Grover, Principal/Partner at MacDonald & Mack will lead a presentation and tour of the building to illustrate the issues and solutions created for this project. 

Speakers Bio: 

Todd Grover, AIA – MacDonald & Mack Architects 

Todd is COO of MacDonald & Mack Architects and has worked full time with the firm since 1997. Project experience includes historical research, HABS/HAER documentation, physical and materials evaluations, and standard full architectural services from design to construction administration. Todd’s interests include the preservation of the recent past, and efforts to heighten the awareness and understanding of significant buildings that have not reached the fifty-year threshold. He is also interested in the intersection of sustainability and historic preservation. Todd’s honors include the AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award, and Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards and Minnesota Preservation Awards for various projects. 

Arvonne Fraser Library
1222 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Date: Wednesday October 26th, 2022
Time: Registration at 9:00 am – Start time at 9:15 am
Cost: Members $25, Non-Members $30 

Meet in the lower level of the library for the presentation, library tour to follow presentation. Parking is limited, attendees should plan to park on the street.

 1.0 CEU Credits Will Be Provided For This Presentation
2022 ICRI Fall Technical Session 20221026


October 26
9:00 am - 10:00 am
$25.00 – $30.00


Arvonne Fraser Library
1222 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, 55414 United States
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