Holmen Village Board hires architect for new library

MSA Professional Services designed the new police department as well

An architect familiar with the Village of Holmen will once again get the chance to leave its mark on the community by designing the new library.

MSA Professional Services, out of Baraboo, will be the ones taking the lead when it comes to designing Holmen’s new public library.

The village president, Nancy Proctor, said the design team knows exactly what the village needs to continue growing.

Like every good book, there is a beginning and an end.

“This building was originally built in the 1950s as a grocery store,” said Chris McArdle Rojo, the director of the La Crosse County Library.

In the 1980s, the old grocery store became Holmen’s public library, and it’s been that way ever since.

“In the summer we can have up to 8,000 people through the doors,” said McArdle Rojo.

However, the library’s story at the old grocery store is coming to an end.

“It’s a dream come true. It really is,” said McArdle Rojo.

By the fall of 2017, staff members and library users hope to be enjoying their new facility.

“We are the fastest growing community in western Wisconsin, the Village of Holmen, and we’ve out grown all of our facilities and the library is no different,” said Scott Heinig, Village of Holmen administrator.

Last November, the Holmen Village Board approved the funding for the $4.6 million library, and just last week, they approved a contract with a familiar architect company out of Baraboo.

“The architect cost is about $340,000, and that includes everything from design to construction biding and building oversight through construction,” said Heinig.

“We have a history of good things they have done with us and put a lot of faith in them. They have some very talented people,” said Proctor.

It’s the same business that designed Holmen’s new police department, and the new library is expected to sit just north of the police department’s facility downtown.

“It kind of brings the whole package a little tighter together,” said Proctor.

“It’s in the center of the community and within walking distance to middle schools, elementary schools and the senior housing in the area. It’s just a fabulous campus for the whole village,” said McArdle Rojo.

The Holmen Public Library’s time in the old grocery store is coming to an end, but staff members are excited to turn the page and start the next chapter.

“We are really looking forward and excited to see our services growing in the library,” said McArdle Rojo.

The Village of Holmen has decided to pay for the new library in two different ways.

Most of the money is bonded and will increase homeowner’s taxes by about $100 for a home valued at $200,000. The remaining million will be privately fundraised.

Now that Holmen has an architect, they hope to hire a contractor this summer for completion date of next fall.