Skokie Public Library was originally constructed as a single-story library facility in 1960 with a capacity to hold 150,000 books. Architect James W. Hammond of Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed the original 34,200 sqft building. In 1963, the library building was honored by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association.
Berglund was the Construction Manager for this Skokie Library Expansion Project. A new 32,000 sqft plus 100,000 sqft renovation project. The owner occupied facility with a heavily phased project. The west entrance was added to the building for patron convenience and safety during construction. Portions of the first floor were expanded to the west during the major rehabilitation. A third floor addition to the two-story building incorporated staff offices, break rooms and a “green roof,” which acts as insulation during the winter and summer months.