The Mason County Public Library will remain in the same location throughout the expansion construction, officials said recently.
According to Jeff Pearson, with Pearson and Peters Architects, the expansion will 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. 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 would also be 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 damaged 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 crews easier access to the library.
The MCPL was constructed in 1994. An addition was constructed in 2002.
According to MCPL Director Steve Parrott, the renovations will be completed in phases in order minimize impact on guests visiting the library.
“At this point we will stay in the library during renovation, which will be done in phases,” Parrott said. “We will try to minimize impact and continue our normal service, but that will depend on construction. We’re staying in place because it appears to be the ‘least invasive’ method for us.”
Parrott said construction may begin in spring 2019 and should take about one year to complete.
The cost of the project is estimated at $3.584 million. Those costs included site development, construction, modifications, temporary location rent and moving fees, engineering/architect costs and a contingency fund.