Big doings in Salt Lake County with the opening on June 2 of the Viridian Event Center and the new West Jordan Library. Built in conjunction with West Jordan City, the 71,000 square foot project includes a 20,000 square foot library to serve as the central headquarters for the Salt Lake County Library, a 20,000 square foot library administration and IT space, and a 7000 square foot event center for patrons and community activities. The library houses a collection of 150,000 books, media, and more and with its ecofriendly features is shooting for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The project was designed by MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City, with construction by Jacobsen Construction, and cost approximately $15.8 million.
The Deerfield Public Library, IL, moved to temporary quarters on May 18 in preparation for an 18-month-long, $12 million renovation and expansion of its 41-year-old, 33,000 square foot building, according to the News-Sun. Dewberry architects of Chicago is behind the design, which will include 10,000 additional square feet, plus new meeting and study areas and outdoor courtyards. The project also encompasses an upgraded HVAC system and more computers, along with an enriched collection of ebooks and audiovisual materials. The building is expected to reopen in late 2013 or early 2014.
The Skowhegan Free Public Library, ME, is undergoing a $2 million renovation, to be completed by the end of the year. The 4,059 square foot library commemorated the rehab project by incorporating into the ceiling of the refurbished basement a time capsule filled with book titles, favorite places, and messages contributed by local children. The construction, under the guiding hand of local contractor Steve Dionne, includes stack wing update and access and the installation of a fireproof staircase, a second egress, and an elevator.
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