Virginians were delighted with the June 26 reopening of the Gayton Branch of Henrico County Public Libraries. The 12,672 square foot 1988 building received a total interior renovation under the design aegis of BCWH and Tappé & Associates architects. The 14-month project cost $4.8 million and features a more open concept, new dedicated teen and children’s spaces, a study room, a new meeting room with presentation capability, additional self-checkout machines, an automated materials return, and a fresh and enhanced collection. The library is on target for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the first Henrico County renovation to do so.
Wisconsin partnerships abound with plans under way for a mixed-use facility to be called the Greendale Community Learning Center (CLC) combining Greendale Schools, the Village of Greendale, and the Greendale Public Library. Hoping to make the most efficient use of space, the scheme involves relocating the Health Department and the Park and Recreation Department to the 14,000 square foot library, with renovations beginning this fall, according to Greendale Patch. The $150,000 upgrade will encompass a new entryway, fresh seating and service areas, and the installation of self-check stations. “The shift to the centralized Greendale CLC will enhance and expand the services available to the community by supporting student achievement, public health, recreation and lifelong learning,” Todd Michaels, village manager, wrote in a press release.
The original 1969 Lihu‘e Public Library (LPL), HI, is due for a change and will be getting one with a renovation project coming later in the year. The 22,300 square foot library will have a new air conditioning system, new windows and carpeting, updated lighting fixtures, and reconfigured staff work areas. Fundraising for furniture and shelving has a goal of $250,000. The LPL conference room will serve as the interim library when construction begins, per The Garden Island.
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