The LaGrange Public Library was constructed on a tightly constrained site within the downtown business district.  The structure utilized a steel frame with a brick veneer supported on light-gage metal studs.  The use of this detailing saved considerable construction time and proved to be a more economical alternative to brick with masonry backup.

The mechanical equipment for the building is housed in a 20 foot deep basement since exposing this equipment on the roof was not aesthetically viable.  The design of such a deep basement on this site was a challenge, which we solved by discussing the construction concept early on with earth retention contractors.  All of the necessary information was then incorporated within the structural plans and sections so that it was fully coordinated prior to construction.

Project Location: 
LaGrange, Illinois
Burnidge Cassell Associates