Institution Profile: The College of Menominee Nation

Keshena, WI
Tribal College
Enrollment: Approx. 1,240



Project Introduction

College of Menominee Library
Photo Credit: The College of Menominee Nation

College of Menominee Nation (CMN) Library

Functions: Library, Archive and Study Space

Completion: Phase I: Fall 2008; Phases II & III: In Progress and Planning

LEED® Rating Version: LEED® NC 2.1

Rating: Built to LEED® Silver Criteria

Approximate Built-up Area: 18,600 sq.ft.


Constructed to replace the previous library (approximately 2,200 sq-ft), the new College of Menominee Nation’s library building is a wood-frame multi-level structure with a full basement. Proposed in 2007, phase I of the project was completed in the Fall of 2008 and occupied in early 2009. The new library also includes a few functional classroom space, a conference room, quiet study rooms, document archives and a small computer access space.

Phase I consisted of finishing the first floor level and the entire building shell. Phase II, which is currently underway, involves the design and completion of the upper and lower levels of the library. The project focused on features that improve air quality, ventilation and natural light to positively affect the holistic wellbeing of its occupants. Also to address energy efficiency and operational optimization, the following features were introduced in this new facility:

  • Geothermal wells for heating and cooling
  • High efficiency ventilation and HVAC systems
  • Insulated roof panels and heat recovery systems
  • Bioswale stormwater retention
  • Automatic lighting control and occupancy exchange systems

Though not LEED® certified, the institution opted to implement a “LEED® Shadowing” process by building the new library to LEED® Silver equivalent requirements. LEED® certification and documentation were not pursued due to the added cost of commissioning, documentation and the certification processes. The institution opted to achieve the maximum payback on their investment by focusing on incorporating best sustainable practices for the planning, design, construction and operation and maintenance stages of the project.