April 4, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 14

Library construction continues

The new Petersburg Public Library construction continues.

Sarah Bessel
Sections of the ceiling that will be left exposed have been stained and a fireplace will be installed on the far wall seen here, located in the far right corner of the building, behind the children\'s room. The windows pictured look out on the slough behind the new library building.

The roof is ready to be shingled and the cement board siding has been installed under the roof overhang. The siding is starting to be placed on the outside back wall.

Inside the building the walls are up and it's becoming easier to envision the completed library. Individual rooms are now separated from a sweeping central space where bookshelves will eventually be installed.

“Storefront windows will separate a small meeting room and a children's room,” stated Petersburg Borough On-Site Construction Administrator Dan LaForce. “Teens will also have a room to themselves, and a large meeting room will be completed with a sink and cabinets for get-togethers.”

Director of Community Development Leo Luczak said there have only been two large change orders since the start of excavation. The first was a foundation issue last June. The second, from February, entailed smaller changes including a replacement of roofing material in a small section of the ceiling that was decided to be left exposed and the addition of more floor databoxes throughout the library. “We anticipated having some changes but are pleased they have been kept to a minimum,” said Luczak.

The new Library will be almost 10,000 square feet. Library Director Tara Alcock hopes the new library will be open to the public the day after Labor Day.

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