Recognizing the need for infrastructure repair for several years, the library will begin repairing and improving access to the front entrance and address additional public safety issues.
A new Pedestrian Plaza, designed by local firm Tevis Architects, will replace concrete, correct water pooling issues and provide a safer entryway. Another local firm, Kelley Construction Co., Inc., began work on the project Monday November 21. The work is expected to be completed in March 2017. Here is what it will look like when it is finished:
The project will provide key access improvements for the 3,000+/- visitors to the library each day, including:
- The elimination of curbs for zero-entry access
- The construction of planters and bollards strategically placed to serve as barriers between bikes/skateboards and pedestrians, and to prevent vehicles from driving onto the sidewalks or into the building
- Installation of an under-slab snow/ice melt system
- The addition of pathway lighting
The project will be staged in three phases to maintain access to the library. The first phase will begin on the west side from the front entry doors and extend west to the flag pole. Any entrance not obstructed by construction will be open.
The Board of Trustees approved the lowest project bid of $312,800 in October, with funding from library funds available for the project, along with a $55,000 contribution from the Friends of the Library.