Posted On: Oct 17, 2013 In: Renovation / Construction
In the process of renovation, the concept of creating an environmentally responsible building was a major priority for the library. Taking that into consideration, several design decisions have been based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program. Below are some quick facts on the rating system:
- LEED = Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
- Applying for a LEED certification means we are committed to having a green building that is environmentally responsible.
- The LEED certification we are hoping to achieve is for a “New Construction and Major Renovations” project.
- Although we should qualify, we will not actually gain LEED certification until after the completion of the building; this means we are in the application process and several of the construction/design decisions are based on green strategies that may aid in our certification.
- The LEED rating system is based on several categories: 1) Sustainable Sites, 2) Water Efficiency, 3) Energy and Atmosphere, 4) Materials and Resources, 5) Indoor Environmental Quality, 6) Innovation and Design Process, and 7) Regional Priority Credits.
- In each category, there are a number of possible credits – some credits we qualify for, some we don’t, and some we might qualify for.
Now that you have a better understanding of LEED, let’s talk about how it applies to our renovation project. Below is a snapshot of a document that details each credit we qualify for (leaving out the “maybe” ones) and what it means to us/how we are achieving it. The actual LEED application was created by expert architects, but we wanted to translate it into something that made more sense to the public (and us!).
Some of the descriptions point to specific details of our renovation (example: for the “water use reduction” credit we will be using 1/8 gallon urinals to save water), while others are more generic. The goal is to give you more information about our potential LEED certification in a way that anyone can understand, and relate the credits to our specific building. Click on the photos below if you want to know how we’re going green at the library!
Posted On: Oct 4, 2013 In: Renovation / Construction
Life is moving quickly in the library renovation world. Since our last post, the Vermont Street garage was completed, foundation has been laid for parts of the library expansion, and framing is already started on the bottom level of our renovated building. Although several factors determine the opening, our hope is to be up and running in the summer of 2014. Dates will fluctuate, but we will give you more specifics further down the road.
Below are photos from the beginning of October. Structurally, significant changes are taking place, which may be difficult to distinguish in photographs but prove to be great progress. The roof is set to be installed before winter weather approaches in November and December. Storm drains, plumbing and electrical lines are in the works, and concrete for new walls has begun!
Posted On: May 17, 2013 In: Renovation / Construction
So much has happened since our last construction update. The parking garage is quickly being pieced together. The demolition portion of the library building project is very much underway. Photos can tell the story much better than words sometimes, so please find below a series of photos documenting the past few months at the construction site. Read More..
Posted On: Nov 26, 2012 In: Renovation / Construction
Wondering what’s going to happen to all of the trees around the library once construction starts? Through an innovative partnership with two KU professors, logs from the trees will be salvaged and sawn into lumber. The wood will then be distributed to area artists and craftsmen, selected via a juried application process. These artists and craftsmen will create art objects and furniture from the wood, which will be exhibited and then auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Library. More details to come soon.
Posted On: Sep 11, 2012 In: Renovation / Construction, What's Happening
Even though you don’t see any shovels in the ground or construction dumpsters set up yet, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes in preparation for the upcoming renovation and expansion. Architects are busy in the “Design Development” phase, the period in which they move from conceptual drawings to detailed plans. Meanwhile, in conjunction with the City, we are planning for our upcoming move into our temporary space – the former Borders building at 700 New Hampshire Street. Read More..
Posted On: Aug 9, 2012 In: Renovation / Construction, What's Happening
On Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 pm, the library hosted an information session for artists about the City’s Percent for Art commission for the new library. Participants learned about the selection process, viewed examples of other public art installations, saw architect renderings of the new library, and heard Lawrence Public Library’s vision for this project. Click here to view a video of the presentation.
This information session was intended for artists who wanted to learn more about the project and were interested in responding to the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) to win the commission. Artists who were not able to attend the session are also welcome to submit RFQs — please see below for additional details.
Posted On: Aug 3, 2012 In: Renovation / Construction, What's Happening
The Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a recommendation from Library Director Brad Allen to temporarily relocate the library to 700 New Hampshire St, the former Borders building, during the expansion and renovation of the current library. The recommended plan stays within the $19 million project budget and allows for a shortened construction schedule, better customer service, and parking for library patrons. This recommendation will now be forwarded to the City Commission for consideration. Read More..
Posted On: May 10, 2012 In: Renovation / Construction
So much is happening behind the scenes with the library expansion and renovation project. Architects at Gould Evans have completed the schematic building designs and are hard at work making detailed drawings of the new library. Meanwhile, B.A. Green, the project’s construction manager, is working to determine whether the library will operate out of its current building or move to a temporary location. Once that decision is made, a more detailed construction schedule can be determined. The goal is for construction to be under way by the end of the year.
The library is committed to providing services to the community throughout the renovation and expansion process. We will work hard to keep you in the loop. Please check back here for updates.