The Waynesboro Public Library, VA, reopened in June following a yearlong renovation to the 27,743 square foot building, originally dedicated in 1969. The focus of the $1.6 million project is the relocation of the children’s activity center to the main floor to mesh with the children’s collection, according to Newsleader.com. The lower level now houses a local history room and genealogical texts, an Internet café, and staff space; a new staircase connects the two floors. Architect BCWH, in partnership with Tappé Associates, worked with general contractor C.L. Lewis & Co. to reassign space in a more functional way. Though the bulk of the construction was funded through the Waynesboro City Council, $220,000 for furnishings was raised by the Friends of the Library. Additional upgrades to the library are still on tap, with fundraising under way to replace lighting and carpeting not addressed in this go-round.
The final peg in the Berkeley Public Library, CA, construction plan approved in 2008 will soon be hammered home as work begins on the West Branch project. The old library will be demolished to make way for a new one-story 8900 square foot facility, to be completed in late summer 2013. The $7.5 million scheme, designed by architects Harley Ellis Devereaux with Greenworks Studio, will include a study room, a dedicated teen space, a multipurpose programming room, additional computers, improved collection access, and new seating. The library is targeting Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold certification, with zero net energy performance through its solar array. As the initial bond measure does not cover “furniture, fixtures, and equipment,” a fundraising campaign is ongoing to raise $3.5 million for computers, furniture, floor coverings, and more.
An assessment was approved for consideration of a renovation of the Main Library of the Casa Grande Public Library, AZ, according to TriValleyCentral.com. It is hoped that $500,000 remaining from a 2006 bond measure, plus $1.2 million in impact fees, will cover any remodeling plan, even the possibility of a small addition. Reconfiguring the current space for high efficiency is the goal of the current assessment.