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Best of 2008 Awards

Best Public Building Over $5M

Coeur d’Alene Public Library

Coeur d’Alene Public Library

The new 39,450 sq ft Coeur d’Alene Public Library is nestled into a shoulder of a hill overlooking Tubbs Hill, adjacent to City Hall, with stunning lake views. The sloped site lent itself well for a two-story design. The east elevation has a one-story linear solution with low sloping roofs and an emphasis on the main entry gallery. Looking west, the library is two stories with full fenestration on both levels providing exquisite outdoor views. The children’s library opens directly out onto the park and playfields of McEuen Field.


Wide overhangs on the west elevation act to shake and protect the interior from direct west sun exposure. Clerestory windows tucked onto the roof allow for morning light to enter and brighten interior reading rooms. Exterior skin includes brick and concrete masonry laid out in a timeless design.


Project Team
Owner: City of Coeur d’Alene
GC: Leone & Keeble, Inc.
Architect: Architects West, Inc.
Civil: Frame & Smetana
Electrical: DEI Engineering
Mechanical: Northwest Engineering
Structural: Womer Engineering
Key Subs: Gropp Electric, ETCO Services, Butters Masonry
Submitted by: Architects West, Inc.


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