February 16, 2018

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 10/13/12

The Lafayette Public Library, CO reopened on October 6, following a two-month remodel that included the installation of new seating and workstations, a reworked checkout area, new paint and flooring, and the total relocation of collections, which encompass 96,739 books and magazines. The 15-year-old, 30,000 square foot facility now also has 27 Internet computers. The reconfiguration of spaces involved moving the children’s section up to the second floor, which also houses the teen collection and the fiction holdings. The lower level features gallery space in addition to quiet areas for research and general reading. The $300,000 effort involved new plumbing for the second-floor restrooms, with furniture upgrades still on tap.

The Scituate Town Library, MA, is in renovation mode with an opening funding salvo of a $4.9 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The library has nine months to amass the rest of the $12 million to cover the expansion and remodel project, per Boston.com, or the grant will be forfeit. The 24,000 square foot library will grow to roughly 32,000 square feet and include additional meeting rooms and bonus space for library programming. The library’s financial path will now focus on a $5 million fundraising campaign plus a $2 million town override to meet the library’s share of the project. If the facility obtains Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, it would qualify for an extra $100,000.

The Coal City Public Library District, IL, will get more than a lump of coal for Christmas as its addition project is under way and expected to be completed by the beginning of next year. A 1950s home directly behind the 15,628 square foot library will be converted to meeting space that will be handicapped accessible, allowing for programming flexibility, according to the Morris Daily Herald. Brandt Builders is doing the $100,000 construction work, which is partly funded through a $40,950 Illinois Secretary of State grant.

Finding a new architect is the next order of business for the West Springfield Public Library, MA. The planning committee thought the firm that did the original schematic designs was not as responsive as hoped, according to Masslive.com. With the scope having changed from a new build to a remodel of the existing library facility, the committee felt that hiring a new architect was an appropriate move. Despite the alteration in the agenda, the project will still have use of a $6.3 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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