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West Branch renovations are progressing nicely

February 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Books, Children, City Library, Events, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

westbranchrenovationsDear Library Patrons:

The branch building is a hive of activity and is swarming with contractors working hard to complete the renovations! Here is how the project is going:

  • HVAC unit installed, duct work run and the system is operational;
  • Electrical system repaired;
  • Elevator repaired and operational;
  • Computer networking re-wiring is done;
  • Fire alarm system installation ongoing on all three floors;
  • Sprinkler system installed in basement level, almost complete on main level, top floor is up next;
  • New wall board in the lower level is being prepped for painting;
  • Movers will be onsite soon to empty out the main floor of the building for the new flooring and painting to be done;
  • Painting schedule being worked on now to stagger work around the other projects;
  • Bathroom repairs have begun in lower level;
  • Final flooring decisions are in process for installation by early April;
  • Shelving and furniture selections are being finalized for installation in early April;
  • The large plate windows and new front doors are on order and should be installed in March;
  • New ceiling and lighting fixtures to be installed in lower level as soon as painting is completed;
  • All computer and office equipment has been ordered and are being stored for installation;
  • Security cameras will be installed as soon as painting is finished;
  • Library materials will be ordered and will be moved on site once shelving is scheduled for installation.

The schedule is progressing as fast as it can as we retro fit an 1870s building with modern fire alarm and sprinkler systems.   The contractors and our colleagues from the Facilities Division have been great to work with and everyone is excited to be providing a totally renovated branch library to our community.

We are still planning an open house during National Library Week (April 10-16) so the community can get a glimpse of the work that will be completed by then.  More details about the open house will be released as work progresses.  Our goal is to have the building ready for full operations by the end of April if not before.

Denise M. van Zanten
Library Director

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