Library Construction Updates
May 17, 2013
| On the exterior, the carpenters finished the ceiling in the bike storage breezeway and covered the wood framed wall with cement board and trim. A nice neat appearance. They also worked on the exterior of the Café along the entry arcade. Also nice and neat.
On the interior, the carpenters completed work on the dropped soffit over the circulation desk, installed a couple of steel doors, some baseboard and more window casings. The plumbers completed the domestic hot water and radiant system in the children’s toilet room and continued to work in the boiler room. On Monday, PSNH brought in permanent power so many of the temporary lights have been replaced with the new fixtures. The mechanical control sub-contractor spent most of the week in the mechanical room working on the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) control systems. Steel handrails on the basement stairs were installed and work began on the main stair rail system. Wall and floor ceramic tile was started in the second floor toilet rooms. The sprinkler drops were adjusted and the whole wet sprinkler system was filled and pressurized to 50 psi (pounds per square inch) to check for any leaks. As of this writing, so far, so good.
Last week, we wrote about chickens coming home to roost in reference to all the piping and wiring that found its way to final connections in the basement. This week, we note that the first tenants of the library are literally roosting above a column cap. A sign of good luck, we’re told.
New Library Project Overview
Library Bond Passes with 74% Vote
Durham voters approved the construction of a new library facility by passing a $2.6M bond on March 13th. A 2/3 majority was required but the bond passed by 74%, indicating the people of Durham appreciate the importance of their public library to the community. The library staff would like to thank the scores of people who generously supported this project. This positive outcome is the culmination of years of effort and dedication on the part of Trustees (both past and present), Friends of the Library, and library supporters from throughout the community.
Our timetable calls for the library to be complete by the summer of 2013. There is much work to be done on design and construction, but the goal is in sight. The new library will serve as a community resource for generations, providing books and other materials in multiples formats; collection, storytime and craft areas for children; a room for teens; spaces for meetings, programs, and events; areas for Durham residents to gather or for individuals to enjoy quiet time reading in a comfortable chair; and so much more. There is something in the new library for everyone.