Madison Central Library

Madison, WI


The new Madison Central Library has much more to offer that solely books. Located downtown a few blocks from Wisconsin’s capitol, this state-of-the art facility is approximately 120,000 square feet. Its new size is almost 20% larger than its original structure with twice as much public space available. This was primarily achieved through the building’s vertical expansion.

Noteworthy features of the building include 20 new conference rooms, specially designed children and teen spaces, as well as a new art gallery. Additionally, from the library’s deconstruction to its reconstruction, the new Library is reducing waste, saving energy, and cutting costs, all of which contributes to the facility’s LEED Gold certification.

The library’s roof incorporates a green sedum covered green roof, complete  with solar panels. The lush sedum will help collect rainwater and act as insulation. The green roof and other projects throughout the building were funded as part of MG&E’s “Energy Partnership for a Green Capital City” initiative with the City of Madison.

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Category /

Government & Municipal

Attributes /

Additions and Remodels
Sustainable Building

Architect /

Potter Lawson

Awards /

2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
2015 New Landmark Libraries
2015 WCREW Showcase Award
2014 IIDA Northland Chapter Excellence in Sustainability
2014 WI Chapter American Public Works Association - Project of the Year