New Building Project Progress​

A Timeline of Events

AFTER
BEFORE
April 2016
April 2016

We learn that HKP’s estimates and plans to build a library are beyond the scope and ability of the Library and Foundation to fundraise.

September 2016
September 2016

We say: Thank you!

Local benefactors purchase the Legion Hall with the intent to remodel and donate the building to the Library District.

January-December 2017
January-December 2017

The benefactors remodel the Legion Hall. The Task Force stops meeting. Roger Howard’s services are put on hold. 

February-March 2017
February-March 2017

Working!

Library staff spends considerable time and effort planning a layout for the new library that considers staff requirements for good sight lines, work efficiencies, and patron safety concerns. These requirements follow up on the vision laid out in the Building Program. See 3D visioning of the library here. 

January – April 2018
January – April 2018

High, medium, and low priority items/tasks for the new building are discussed and prioritized according to the District’s budget and staff and Task Force input. Compare the electrical plan additions here.⇓

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April 2018
April 2018

GeoTest scans front entry to establish size limits for new doors. 

June – July 2018
June – July 2018

The Task Force recommends to the USL Board that a new roof be installed as well as structural reinforcement of the ceiling. The Board agrees and votes to move forward on the work.

August 2018
August 2018

Some interior modifications are started by Mike Scott. We mutually agree to hold off on any further work until the ceiling structural repairs are complete. 

November 2018
November 2018

New roof is completed!

Ceiling structure repair is bid out

December 2018
December 2018

Insulated entry doors are installed on the new building

Front entry is enlarged by Ace Concrete Cutting, and insulated entry doors are installed by Doorman Commercial. The new doors are weather tight, secure, and help the foyer function as an airlock for the main room. 

January 2019
January 2019

Ceiling structure repair commences

The District deems it unsafe to install the weight of lighting until this work is complete. It was determined that it would be most economical and efficient to complete this contract before any further interior work. 

February 2019
February 2019

Because the original lighting plan was a draft developed by staff, and due to the need to verify costs, the Library Board decides it would be best to employ an electrical engineer to provide a range of lighting options for board review. They also agree to review all planned projects before moving forward.

March 2019
March 2019

Project Manger Roger Howard resigns due to health concerns.

April 2019
April 2019

We are moving forward in good faith, excited for the next steps, thankful for the work that the donors and the Foundation have done to support and build our community’s library. All decisions regarding the new building have been made by the District with considerable thought and research, with the safety and security of our patrons forefront, all while striving to be the best stewards of our public resources.

In our Building Program, effective lighting and natural lighting are mentioned on nearly every page. With the desire to create different experiences in the library for our patrons, lighting plays an essential role. Efficient LED lights are expensive, but will pay off for the library in the long run. The lighting and data paths that were installed during the renovation have no relation to our proposed layout or desired use of spaces. An excellent lighting and data plan for our library is essential for patron and staff productivity, comfort, and overall efficiency as a public library.  

Also, making sure that the building is safe and sound and climate controlled (installing sealed front doors, yet to install air conditioning) is fiscally responsible for taking care of physical library resources. Being a resiliency center for extreme temperatures all year round is a vital service that the library can provide with comfort and space for community members: a cooling center in the summer, a warming center in the winter. Updating the backyard of the new building with ADA accessible entrances for the library will be important for afterhours use of the meeting room (see picture). Other expenses on the high priority list are specific to running an efficient and welcoming library from the moment we’re able to open the doors.

Moving in to the new space is indeed the prize before our eyes! We’d ALL like to move in as soon as possible! However, moving in to a structurally safe, public-use building has been of ultimate concern to the Library’s Board of Trustees. Following all public bidding laws and procedures, waiting on contractors’ schedules, and running into other various hiccups along the way explains why the Library District has not yet moved in to their new, amazing space. We don’t want to move in and then need to close a week or two here or there to complete these projects. The Library Board of Trustees has made the fiscally responsible decisions to get our high priority items, such as repairing structural rot, installing air conditioning, effective lighting, and carpeting, done now before we move in and open.

May – August 2019
May – August 2019

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August 2019
August 2019

Contracts signed

Work begins soon!

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