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This is Fred Ball, Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Have you seen the new Salt Lake City Library? If you haven't, do yourself a great big favor and go take a tour of the spectacular new addition to the city.

A high quality public library lies at the core of any strong and vital community. Salt Lake City has opened what has to be one of the finest libraries in the country. Just two months ago this remarkable place for books, resources and a true place of community opened to the public.

Ron Reavely, Parry Brown and Patty Neuteboom of Reaveley Engineers were kind enough to walk me through the facility. They showed me the intricacies of the architecture and engineering of the project. I marveled at the beauty and the functionality of the building. I loved the openness and the feel of serenity even in a large and busy facility.

We had the chance to meet Steve Crane of Valentiner Crane Brunjes Onyon Architecture who was so very involved with the design. I complimented him on what I think is one of the finest facilities built in Utah.

The library has retail outlets. The children's section is a light-filled, five-story atrium that may be observed by all of the floors above. There is a large auditorium where the Dewey Lecture Series will be presented. Other features of the Library include a Canteena for reaching out and serving young adults, a browsing library and cafŽ, and audiovisual and technology centers.

Reaveley Engineers is justifiably proud of their involvement with this new treasure in our state. I walked around in wonder as I viewed the roof top gardens; the vistas of the valley and mountains from the mammoth windows; the glass elevators quickly and quietly moving patrons to the various floors; the computer stations placed in both the children's and adult areas; and all of the things you expect and hope to see in a large, modern and well done new library.

Congratulations Reaveley Engineers and Salt Lake City on a new gem for Utah.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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