A preliminary plan for construction on the Mason County Public Library expansion was discussed on Tuesday.
Jeff Pearson, with Pearson and Peters Architects, told the MCPL board of trustees that he hopes to have the expansion project bid out in the fall and the library moved to a temporary location by January 2019.
“I’d like to see the project complete by around fall (2019),” he said. “To get you moved back in before the holiday events.”
Pearson gave the board an estimate of the project cost, which totaled $3.584 million. Those costs included site development, construction, modifications, temporary location rent and moving fees, engineering/architect costs and a contingency fund.
The temporary location being considered by the library is the Limestone Center, according to the board.
According to Pearson, the expansion would include turning the existing children’s area into a community room that is larger than the current room, and moving the children’s area and teen center into the expanded area. In that part of the library, there would also be an area for children’s programming, an office, storage room and a nursing area for mothers.
“There will also be a separate entrance, so when the library is closed, the community center will be accessible,” he said.
The current community room will be re-purposed as study rooms and a work room for employees. The bathrooms will remain in the same location, but will be renovated. Some other work will include flooring, painting and new roof tiles, according to Pearson.
“We’re also planning to put in LED lighting,” he said. “We figured it would be a good time to do that while we’re already in there.”
A gallery/hallway will connect the new addition to the current area of the library on the inside.
A basement and a garage for the bookmobile were also included in the construction plan, as well as a place for the bookmobile to back up to the library and load books, under cover, in order to keep library material from being damage in case of poor weather, Pearson said.
“The truck would be protected from the weather under that cover, so the books won’t get wet or damaged,” he said.
Pearson also discussed closing down Mulberry Alley and extending the parking lot toward January Street, which would give the library a total of 77 parking space, much more than the current 44 spaces.
Previously, Pearson discussed the possibility of constructing the addition as a separate building, but board members chose to have it remain as one structure.
He also said the plan is to remove the amphitheater and level out part of that land. A pathway would also be constructed in order to allow maintenance crew easier access to library.
The MCPL was constructed in 1994. An addition was constructed in 2002.