Tuesday, April 23, 2024

NCW Libraries to undergo $10.3 Million redesign project across 27 locations

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CHELAN - The NCW Libraries Board of Trustees has allocated $10.3 million for a project to redesign 27 libraries across North Central Washington. The initiative, titled "Reimagining Spaces," aims to update these facilities to be safe, accessible, and welcoming, meeting the diverse needs of the community. The project's design and construction phases are expected to span 10-13 months per library, with the entire plan projected to conclude within 4-5 years.

The redesign addresses the evolving requirements of modern libraries, including spaces for job skills training, community events, public meeting rooms, up-to-date technology, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"Reimagining Spaces" involves community engagement to determine the specific needs and desires for each local library. NCW Libraries has contracted with Library Forward, a library design firm from the San Francisco area known for its national recognition, and Forte Architects, a Wenatchee-based firm with extensive experience in the region. These firms will collaborate with library staff, the library’s Facilities team, and local residents to create interior designs that reflect community feedback.

Local contractors will have the opportunity to bid on various aspects of the project, ensuring that each library's redesign reflects its community's unique needs. The Chelan branch is set for improvements such as new paint, an updated check-out desk, modernized shelving and furniture, and partial flooring upgrades, alongside new private spaces. The Manson Library, which shares its building with the Lake Chelan Reclamation District and the Manson Fire Department, will see updates including new flooring and paint, an improved check-out desk, updated shelving and furniture, and enhanced lighting and signage.

Community engagement events are scheduled for February and March to further involve local residents in the redesign process. For more information, visit NCWLibraries.org/locations.

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