Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2007

Library construction nearly complete

December 6, 2007

Residents may have seen the lights on recently at the future Basehor Community Library.

And, with less than a month until the projected completion date, the lights aren't all that's ready to go.

The parking lot is prepared for vehicles, the interior walls are up, workers have begun painting and the windows and doors have been installed. Carpet and desks should also be in this week.

"Next week we'll start the contractor's pre-punch," Roger Feyerherm, general contractor with Feyerherm Construction, told a group of library employees and patrons during a tour of the unfinished building Thursday evening. "That's when I go through as a contractor and identify things that need to be corrected."

Those on the tour were impressed with some of the little features that are now visible since the last tour in late July.

Double automatic doors will lead patrons from the main entrance into the library. The large circulation desk just inside the main entrance will have two self-checkout computers. There also will be a staff member on hand to check out materials.

Off to the left, the children's area has several large white domes suspended from the ceiling. A different colored light, from orange and yellow to blue and purple, glows from each dome.

Library director Carla Kaiser said library employees are also thinking about adding other elements to the area that children might enjoy, such as benches by each of the windows.

"The windows have blinds within the panes and they crank open so you can get some fresh air," Kaiser said.

A remote-controlled stone fireplace is starting to take shape under the 22-foot vaulted ceiling of the adult section, which is to the right of the main entrance. Even though the space is high and open, Feyerherm said special fabric covering the upper walls would allow it to be as quiet as a library should be.

"That is acoustical stretch fabric that has fiberglass behind it," he said, pointing up. "It cuts back on the echo and makes the space nice and quiet."

Made possible by a $2.99 million bond issue passed by the community in February 2006, the 13,600-square-foot library sits at 158th Street and Garden Parkway, on land donated by local residents Ray and Ann Breuer.

While Kaiser was unsure during the last tour whether there would be enough funding available to finish part of the basement level, she said contractors are now ready to put up a few walls. An open staircase in the children's area leads to the basement, which will now feature a large meeting area and two small bathrooms.

Officials expect the building to be finished at the end of December with shelving to be installed in January and February. Kaiser said library officials hope to move sometime in February and be open to the public in March at the latest.

"Right now, we plan to close for two weeks during the move," she said.

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