Thursday, July 07, 2005

Building Update

Library Construction Nears Final Stages

Pass by New Castle-Henry County Public Library, and it is clear that the end is in sight for the building project. Contractors have recently completed the structure for the southwest corner, giving a clearer picture of the finished product. Soon this area, which was once the ‘76 building, will receive a new roof. Interior framing of the area’s lower level is nearing completion. This section of the new library will house administrative offices and meeting rooms. The exterior brick of this area is scheduled to start July 15.

The main floor in the remodeled building has been poured and is at the same level as the floor in the original Carnegie building. Heating ducts and electrical conduit are being installed. The drain system around the perimeter of the remodeled ‘76 building has been installed and the dirt has been backfilled.

Work on the library’s main elevator hit a major road block during renovation. The old main elevator shaft had to be completely removed because of problems associated with its initial construction. These issues were unknown until the remodeling began.

The original railings which had a manufacturing error that left the railing with rough edges have been replaced with the permanent, much-improved railing. Wood trim will be added to the top and bottom of the railings beginning July 11.

The library will soon announce a grand opening date. A committee is working to plan a week-long celebration of the library’s completion.


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