Architects displayed the renovation schematics (available
on GNL website) and asked for board approval of the design. This design represents 15% of the architects
work. Highlights of the plan are:
Lower Level will include new vestibule
and entry for children’s services, program rooms, circulation desk, bathrooms, and
glass vestibule. All children’s services, including AV collection and
children’s programs will be housed on this level. Part of the garage will contain mechanical equipment.
Levels will be ADA compliant and a lift will be included.
will have a diagonal staircase. Stacks will remain under the mezzanine.
Reference will be located in same area. AV moves to Main floor to the right of
the entrance. Community Room will be to the left of the entrance.
Mezzanine: Offices, staff lounge and open public reading
Costs: Construction costs are over the original
$10.2 million for construction costs
plus 1 ½ % escalation = $10.9 million
plus $1.2 million for soft costs = $12.1 million for total project.
NOTE: The board
and residents only approved a bond for $10.4 million.
According to the design budget presented, the board is left short by $1.7
the plan are any parts deferrable?
aspects be bid as separate items?
Question: Can the
plan be scaled down, or items removed?
This is just the beginning of the construction budget
process. Everyone involved knew that the money would be tight. President
DiCamillo was optimistic and said “we will be able to secure money from the
2015 budget with a capital budget line, fund raising, and grants. We will
closely scrutinize the construction budget.”
Board voted to accept plan with a unanimous yes vote.
Trustee Varda Solomon presented the committee’s detailed
interim report. Highlighted recommendations include:
• GNL administration to be located at Station
• Deliveries, book processing to be located at Parkville
• Three major music programs will be hosted at no charge by
• The three branches will sustain all public service during
the renovation. Station and Parkville will be opened on Sunday and hours during
Monday to Friday will be increased.
board, in a unanimous vote, adopted all the committee’s recommendations.