Renovation Project Question and Answer
UPDATED OCTOBER 25, 2013
Q. What’s going on?
A. The Library is preparing to renovate the interior of its building. Construction will last about 8 months, beginning February 1, 2014.
Q. Do we really need a library building?
A. The Internet has not replaced the public library. Borrowing printed books is still a big deal. In July 2013, the second-busiest month in its history, the Library checked out over 100,000 items.
People use the Library as a place to gather, study, learn, and create new informational content. A refreshed building will support these activities.
Q. What’s wrong with the building as it is?
A. Open since 1999, the building has seen heavy use. Its mechanical and electrical systems, roof, windows, and structure are in good shape. Floors, furnishings, wall treatments, restrooms, and lighting need rejuvenation.
Q. Will there be more parking?
A. No. The building and the parking around it will remain the same size.
Q. Who decided to do this?
A. The Downers Grove Public Library Board of Trustees has been planning and accumulating the funds for this project for several years.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. The Library Board has allocated $2,394,000 from current revenues and accumulated reserves.
|Construction, including construction management
Q. What happens if it goes over budget?
A. Professional estimates and contingency funds are built into the plans. During the bidding and construction, details may be modified to conform to the funds available. Elements that are too expensive will not be done.
Q. What’s being changed?
The project will create several new small-group meeting and study spaces, an enhanced Teen Center, and a café/gathering space. A new home for Miss Mouse, a space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and a refreshed Story Hour Room will transform the Children’s Services area. Renovated restrooms, new carpet, paint, lighting, and furnishings will update other areas.
Q. What about the library collection?
We will slightly reduce the size of the collection. Technological changes and use changes have affected space needs. We need less space for storage of things and more space for activities of people.
Q. Who is doing the work?
A. Product Architecture + Design, a Chicago firm, is responsible for design. Shales McNutt Construction of Elgin, Illinois, is responsible for construction management. Several specialty contractors selected through competitive bidding will perform the actual work. Library staff members are involved in everything.
Q. Where do things stand now?
A. On October 23 the Library Board authorized the Architects and Construction Managers to proceed to the public bidding process. Bid invitations will be issued in late October. Bids from contractors will be due in late November. The Board is expected to approve selected contractors in mid-December. Construction will begin by February 1, 2014.
Q. How will construction be done while the Library is open?
A. The work will be done in phases. We’ll move collections and services around to keep disruption to a minimum.
Q. Will the Library close?
A. Meeting rooms will not be available after December 2013. Activity in the Art Gallery has been suspended. No other closures are planned.
Q. How will the Library inform the public?
A. The Library will issue frequent updates. We will use news releases, printed newsletters, flyers, e-mail distributions, website postings, Facebook, and Twitter. See www.dglibrary.org/renovation.php, www.Facebook.com/DGLibrary, www.Twitter.com/DGLibrary, and www.dglibrary.org.