Library Makes USA Today List

The DeKalb Public Library’s new addition is getting attention nationwide. On August 9, USA Today published a list of “25 must-see buildings in Illinois”, one of which is our very own library. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named DKPL as a structure that visitors shouldn’t miss. Below is an excerpt from USA Today’s original article:

Millions of visitors worldwide are attracted to Illinois’ architectural gems, which stretch from Chicago to Collinsville, Utica to Urbana. “Illinois has a diversity of brilliant designs from some of the world’s most revered architects. These aren’t just must see buidings in Illinois. They are the greatest hits of American architecture past and present,” said Mark Schwamel, AIA, President of AIA Illinois’ Board of Directors. Schwamel was one of 100 state architectural leaders surveyed to provide insights about “Must See” locations all over Illinois. The task was especially daunting given the number and quality of projects from the profession’s best practitioncers.

Schwamel was one of 100 state architectural leaders surveyed to provide insights about “Must See” locations all over Illinois. The task was especially daunting given the number and quality of projects from the profession’s best practitioners.

“Visiting these places is a great way to experience how people live, learn, work, worship and play from generation to generation,” added Illinois of Tourism Director Cory Jobe. “Amazing architecture is embedded in the story of Illinois and every town has examples worthy of exploration.”

In addition to this recognition, Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects (formerly known as Nagle Hartray Architecture) recently won an Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) 2017 Design Award, based on judging from a panel of five distinguished architects. This is the third design award that the architects have received for the DeKalb Public Library expansion project. The other two awards were the AIA Illinois Honor Award (Mies Van Der Rohe Award for Innovation) and an Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) design award.

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