In this week of giving thanks, we’re appreciative of the many Library facilities that keep us studious, sheltered, employed, and entertained throughout the year.
We’re also thankful to be talking about a renovation, however, because there are quite a few reasons we need it. To name a few…
1. Asbestos hazards
2. Building systems
3. Electrical hazards
4. Problems with egress
The proposed schematic design features a major north entrance and expansion of the current entryway for easy entrance/exit on both sides of the building.
5. Hazards to collections
6. Sub-standard study space
7. Sub-standard staff space
8. Building envelope problems
In addition to addressing these critical issues and supplying new mechanical infrastructure, the planned renovation will create spaces for individual and group study, replace aging elevators, bathrooms, and stairwells, and retain critical elements of the Library’s architectural character. Library users and collections will be protected for years to come… and that is something to be thankful for!