Minneapolis Central Library

The New Central Library in Minneapolis is a result of a decade of community planning and citizen involvement. The 400,000 sq. ft. project has been built on the site of the 1961 Library it replaced that had been deconstructed. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the library’s five-story south wing is set perpendicular to Hennepin Avenue, the city’s arts and theater district, while its four-story north wing strikes the same stance along Nicollet Avenue, the main shopping and business street. A soaring atrium links the two streets, providing a grandly scaled, ground-level civic space.

VDA provided design services through the construction administration phase for four (4) geared traction elevators, four (4) escalators, and two (2) standard in-ground hydraulic garage elevators. Groundbreaking for the $125 million project was in May 2003 and the grand opening was held May 20, 2006.

Project Info

Service Type

New Construction


Architectural Alliance


400,000 sf

Project Type

Entertainment/Leisure, Featured Projects

Equipment Type

Elevators, Escalators


Minneapolis, MN

Completion Year



$122 Million