This week we prepared our Young Adult area for carpet removal and demolition! We are closed for carpet removal and asbestos abatement until Monday, January 29.
To prepare for this work, the Young Adult and Express computers were put into temporary storage, the public printer, Young Adult collection, and Recently Returned shelves were relocated, and the study room doors and work surfaces were removed. The doors from this area are not going to the landfill--they're still in great shape and may be re-used in another part of the library. If they can't be re-used, they'll be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
Features of our new Teen Focus area will include:
It's going to be fantastic and super teen-friendly!
Here are a few pics of the old Young Adult area, cleared out and ready for demolition.
Stay tuned for more updates from the library! And as always, thank you for your patience during the remodeling project!
It's true for both life and remodeling projects--sometimes plans change! Due to a slight delay with the materials for our new Circulation Desk, Phase Two construction won't start for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, we're going to move right on into Phase Three--the new Teen Focus area!
As with the carpet in Phase One, there will be an abatement period for the asbestos in the adhesive under the old carpet tiles. This will take place late next week. The library will be closed Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 for asbestos abatement. We will re-open at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 29.
Here's a look at the current space. The public access printer has been temporarily relocated to a table next to the internet computers. If you have trouble finding it, ask a librarian to show you where it is.
Here's a look at a rendering of what the space will look like after it's completed. This new Teen Focus area will feature a variety of comfortable seating and work surfaces especially for our Young Adult patrons. This is also where the Young Adult computers will be located.
We've had to relocate some of our materials in order to prepare for Phase 3 construction.
Carpet installation in the Phase One area began last week!
The construction crew has been hard at work laying the new carpet in the chandelier area, along the front windows, and in the area where the new Circulation Desk will be.
The next step of Phase One is installing the new Circulation Desk! Once the new desk is installed and we have been relocated to the new space, work can begin on the new Circulation Office, computer lab, and "hands-on" meeting room--a new space that will be perfect for quilting groups, crafters, and other "makers!"
Now that the Phase One carpet removal and asbestos abatement is finished, the construction crew has been sawing concrete to install power lines for our new Circulation Desk! The new desk will be centrally located with better access and improved visibility.
Take a look at the photos below. With the concrete pieces standing upright, they kind of look like Stonehenge, don't you think?
We can't say it enough: THANK YOU for your patience during the closure this week. We know you miss the library, and we're happy to be re-opening tomorrow at 10 a.m. Please be aware that there will be areas marked off with "Caution" tape throughout the construction project. We'll see you tomorrow!
The crew from Mavo Systems has been hard at work removing the old carpet tiles from the area where the first phase of the construction will occur.
The asbestos is contained in the adhesive underneath the old carpet tiles. After removing the old tiles, the crew applies a solvent to the floor. The solvent congeals and sawdust is laid down to collect the ACM (asbestos containing material). The contained asbestos fibers are removed along with the solvent and sawdust. The material is taken away and disposed of in the methods required by law. Asbestos fibers are not able to become airborne during this process.
The solvent used during the abatement process has a strong odor. The abatement crew wears respiratory and eye protection when they're working with the solvent. For this reason, we're closed until Saturday, January 6 for the safety of our patrons.
Superior Public Library has proudly served the residents of Douglas County, Wisconsin since 1888. After 25 years in our current location with no major upgrades, it's time for some improvements! Follow along with our six-month remodeling project, scheduled to be completed in May 2018.