Facilities Renewal & Improvement Project

January 7, 2016

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and to look forward to the future.  Many thoughtful donors have supported the historic Howell Carnegie District Library over the years.  A special and unexpected gift came in 2015.  The library was very fortunate to receive its largest donation ever from the Norman Terry Trust.  The funds will be invested and the Library Board will designate them for capital improvements and special projects.  Library donors are investing in the future of our community.    All of the support for the library has made it a community gem that is shared by tens of thousands of people each year.

The Howell Library Facilities Renewal and Improvement Project that was mostly completed in 2015 has maintained the library as a beautiful downtown destination with wonderfully varied collections, services and high tech systems - all to make your visits valuable experiences for many years to come. 

I would like to thank the entire community for its wide and continued support of the Howell Carnegie Library.

Kathleen Zaenger, Director

 

 

October 2, 2015

Thanks to all of our friends and patrons who stopped by to “check us out” at our post-renovation Open House on September 13.  It was truly a wonderful celebration, and we couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you for your continued support of the Howell Carnegie District Library!

 

September 3, 2015

Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

 

 

Now that the entire building is open, look for the library’s services to gear up 100% again with early literacy classes, the Family Place Library resources, the Build-It Room and other events for children, parents and caregivers.  The new computer room, new technology in the building and on the library website, the Business Resource Center and a variety of enrichment classes for adults means there is plenty for adults and learners of all ages to do.    

  

 

 

 

August 1, 2015  Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

The Fence is Coming Down, The Front Doors will Open and Construction is Wrapping Up!

As I write this, the construction crews are working diligently to finish so the front doors can open by August 10 if all goes well.  Some inside work will continue in August and some exterior site work will continue through the fall, but we anticipate no major disruptions to library service once the front doors are open. 

 

The nature of a renovation project is to present the unexpected.  The Carnegie building had a number of unexpected opportunities, e.g. allowing for additional insulation in roof spaces that were previously unreachable and window structure improvements for increased energy-savings and easier maintenance.    These and others have taken extra time to complete, but have helped with the overall long-term improvement to the structure.  All of this will provide more comfortable and energy-efficient spaces with updated technology making it a gloriously renewed lovely place to find inspiration.

 

Window in Carnegie building – note left side showing need for structural repair behind window trim

 

Save the Date of Sunday, September 13, 2015 for an Open House to celebrate the improvements to our historic library.

 

 

From a previous phase: 
Roof above main stairs is ready for new insulation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a previous phase:

Old insulation in the 1991 building is removed to make way for newer better insulation which will bring more comfort and save energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down on the new heating and cooling equipment on the new flat roof of the 1991 building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2015  

Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

Now that's a fine mess! 
 
This messy phase will be the ugly duckling that turns into a beautiful swan in August.
 
 
 
Now through July the library entrance is temporarily located on Clinton Street in the rear of the building.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The glass crew has been replacing glass panels in the walkway galleries with an altered design to remedy the problems with the leaks.
 
  • The fence around the front of the building provides safety while repairs are being done to the steps, ramps, cupola, gutters, windows and doors in the Carnegie building.

  • The Archives has been closed and should open by mid-July.  Call the library (517-546-0720 x119) to check for open hours.

  • Repairs to the plaster, windows, restrooms and floors in the Carnegie building will show off the old glory when all is complete.

  • The attic in the old Carnegie building now has spray foam insulation in the roof.  This will really help to make the building much more efficient and feel more comfortable.

  • Concrete repairs are being done to the ramps and front steps.

  • The fountain restoration has started and will be complete by the end of August.

Save the Date of Sunday, September 13, 2015 for an Open House to celebrate the improvements to our historic library - making it a more comfortable, energy-efficient building, gloriously renewed as a lovely place to spend your time.

June 18, 2015
Renovation continues in the Carnegie building:

 

June 13, 2015 

Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

The Library is OPEN during Construction!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 29, 2015  Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

The Library is OPEN during Construction!

 

Beginning on June 2 through July the front doors will be blocked and a fence will be placed around the front of the building while repairs are made to the steps, ramps, windows, and doors in that area.  During this time, the library entrance will be temporarily located on Clinton Street in the rear of the building.

 

 

The project is slightly behind schedule due to some complications moving pipes in the old Carnegie building.

 

The gutter repair crew is using a lift truck to move around the building.

 

Large cranes have been moving heating and air conditioning equipment up to the roof-top.  It will take several more weeks to install and test the hundreds of connections throughout the building for the new HVAC system.

 

 

 

There will be no Friends Book Sales in June due to ongoing construction in the Friends' Room.  The next book sale will be in August.  Check the library website for details.

The Archives is scheduled to re-open in mid-June.

 

Save the Date of Sunday, September 13, 2015 for an Open House to celebrate the improvements to our historic library - making it a more comfortable, energy-efficient building, gloriously renewed as a lovely place to spend your time.

 

 

May 1, 2015

Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

Out with the old and in with the new.  The old roof-top heating and air conditioning units were removed from the roof and the new units were raised up to the roof at the end of April.  It will take about six weeks to install the hundreds of connections that get put into place to make this all work. 

It was extra cold in the building in January and February and extra hot in early April.  By late June we should be feeling some comfortable temperatures in the library after the new heating and air conditioning equipment is connected and tested. 

 

The Archives and the Friends book room are both closed until June when Phase 7 is complete which involves renovating the lower level of the Carnegie building.   

 

In June and July the front doors will be blocked for Phase 8 which will finish the project.  This phase will renovate the Carnegie building inside and out including repairs to the steps, ramps, windows and the front of the building.  During this time the building entrance will be temporarily located to the rear meeting room doors facing Clinton Street.  

 

Save the Date of Sunday, September 13, 2015 for an Open House to celebrate the improvements to our historic library - making it a more comfortable, energy-efficient building, gloriously renewed as a lovely place to spend your time.  

 

 

April 28, 2015

Please Note! The Library’s driveway will be closed due to construction, Wednesday, April 29 through Friday, May 1 (or longer, weather dependent).  Please return library materials inside the library.  Book returns are also located inside the Howell Meijer and at Parker Middle School (main entrance parking lot).

 

April 2, 2015

Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

See the contrast of the same space before, during and after construction in the photos showing the progress being made!  The view in the photos takes in the center of the main floor of the 1991 building including the information desk & magazine reading area. 

 

Before:

During:

After:

What you see is the beautiful updated interiors.  What you don’t see is everything above the ceiling and behind the walls with new insulation in the roof, electrical and data updates and new heating and cooling equipment.  (The new heating and cooling system is scheduled to be connected and running in June.)

The 40,000 Books that were in storageare back! 

Phase/Zone 5 - administrative offices, technical services processing and the conference room is scheduled to be completed by April 10.

April 30 will mark the completion of Phase/Zone 6 of the construction.  The 1991 building will be finished except for the installation of major pieces of the heating cooling system in May.  Phases/Zones 7 and 8 are the final stages for the project from May through July.   These two phases include the large heating and air conditioning equipment installation and all of the updates to the lower and upper floors of the Carnegie building.  It will be messy but worth it. 

Save the Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015 for an Open House to celebrate the improvements to our historic library – making it a more comfortable, energy-efficient building, gloriously renewed as a lovely place to spend your time  

 

 

March 6, 2015
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

 

Building Heating Update– The library had problems with the old heating system in January and February.   A whole series of issues were addressed with some creative solutions to get us through until May when the new heating and cooling systems will be installed.  Thanks to a very generous local donor for a sizeable monetary gift to help pay for the repairs and solutions that made the building warm again!

 
 
Phase 2 on the east side of the main level of the 1991 building has two of the study rooms available with amazing new technology installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 40,000 Books that are in storage are in the process of coming back to the library over the first 3 weeks in March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 3 in the center section of the main level of the 1991 is mostly done.  Most of the furniture has been installed and is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 4 which includes the Meabon Meeting Room and Youth Services office is scheduled to be complete by March 17.

Phase 5 which includes administrative offices, technical services processing and the conference room begins March 12 and is scheduledto be completed on April 14.

Things are moving on schedule.  All of the changes will make our gem of a library more beautiful, more water and air-tight, more energy efficient and much more pleasant to spend time in when it’s done in the summer of 2015.  

 

 

 

February 5, 2015
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work!
You can literally see the difference the new insulation is having on the east and west wings of the 1991 addition! This photo is a great illustration of where the new roof insulation has been installed under the library roof in the rear of the building. Note that the insulation had not yet been installed in the center area where the snow has melted from the war air escaping. Good investment!

Two of the study rooms will be available starting Monday, February 9. One will have new technology installed.

 

Phase 2 on the east side of the main level of the 1991 building is open for general seating. The shelving and books will be moving back into this area in early March.

 

 

 

 

Insulation in the roof was installed in Phase 3 in the center section of the main level of the 1991 building just days ago. Crews worked over a weekend after the library closed until 2am to install insulation over the stairwell. Lighting, new equipment and electrical work is being installed above the ceiling which is scheduled to be completed by February 27.

 

A reminder that the books in storage are available within 2-3 days. You may request them from the online catalog or have the library staff help guide you in the process.

 

 

January 7, 2015
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

 

Insulation in the roof has been installed in Phase 2 on the east side of the main level of the 1991 building.  Some new equipment and electrical work to assist the future new heating and cooling system is being installed above the ceiling. 

New ceiling tiles, paint and carpet as well as new and refurbished furnishings will be done now through January 30.  The study rooms are unavailable until February. 

 

 

The new computer lab which opened in December is being well-used in the Phase 1 section on the west side of the main level of the 1991 building. 

 

 

A reminder that the books in storage are available within 2-3 business days.  You may request them from the on-line catalog or have the library staff help guide you in the process. 

 

The progress in each phase resolves various issues and is transforming our historic downtown library into a gem of a building once more.  After completion in the summer of 2015, you will experience a new sense of place that will endure for many years to come.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 1, 2014
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

Phase 1 on the west side of the main level of the 1991 building is scheduled to be completed by December 10.  The walls have been painted, the carpet is installed, and the ceiling tiles are back in.  During the first week in December, the furniture, equipment and shelving will be installed and the books on the east side of the 1991 building will be moved over to the finished Phase 1 area.  The new computer lab will open when this Phase 1 is complete.

Phase 2 on the east side of the main level of the 1991 building will happen from December 12 through January 30.  The study rooms will be unavailable during these dates. 

CEI Roofing has recently done extensive preventive maintenance repairs to the flat roof and gutters on the 1991building.   This work was done to prevent leaks until the new flat roof and gutter membranes are installed in the spring

A reminder that the books in storage are available within 2 -3 business days.  You may request them from the online catalog or have library staff help guide you in the process. 

It’s amazing to watch the slow but steady process to transform our historic downtown library resplendent once more.  After completion in the summer of 2015, you will experience a new sense of place that will be worth repeating for many years to come.   

Photos of Phase One of the renovations and the many books in storage:

     

 

November 14, 2014
 Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

The insulation in Phase I is completely installed.  The crews are painting and putting the ceiling back in. Other finishes in Phase 1 will be complete by the end of November.   During the first week in December, the shelving will go back into the Phase 1 area and the books on the east side of the 1991 building will be moved over to the finished Phase 1 area to get ready for phase 2 by December 12.

If materials are in storage, please request them on-line or ask a staff member to help you.  They will be ready for you in 2-3 business days.  

 

 

October 15, 2014
 
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

  • The start of the project has been delayed by about 2 weeks.  To keep the project on budget, there were some design changes made which had to be reviewed by the architects and the engineers to verify that the changes will work with the other systems already in progress.   
  • The Library Building and Site Bonds were sold on Tuesday, October 14, at a very favorable rate for the library.  Our interest rate to pay back the bonds over the next 18 years is lower than was estimated.  Good news for everyone in Howell!

 

 

September 24, 2014
 Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

The first visible signs of the Library's Facilities Renewal & Improvement Project (Project) will begin in just days. Books will be moving off the shelves starting on October 8 and construction crews will begin on October 16 in the first of eight phases of the Project.  Phase One affects the main floor of the west side of the 1991 building.   This section of the building will be completely closed except to construction crews.  This first phase is scheduled to be complete by November 25 if all goes according to plans.  

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • The library staff will help guide you to what you need.
  • Some materials will be stored and available upon request within 48 business hours
  • Details of the changes will be posted on the library’s website and Facebook page, as well as posted at all of the service desks in the building.

The Library Board authorized the sale of Building and Site Bonds to be sold in October to pay for the most of the cost of the Library Project.  The bonds will be paid back each year with funds from the millage that was approved by the voters in the library district in August 2013.  The remaining cost of the project will be paid with the library’s fund balance.  

As we make our way through the project with the inconveniences it will bring, our eyes will be on the prize - a more comfortable, energy-efficient and lovely library to enjoy.  If all goes according to schedule, the construction crews will be done on July 1, 2015.

 

 

 

August 29, 2014  
 
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

The Library Board authorized the Christman Co., the library's construction manager, to award contracts to a number of trade contractors at a special library board meeting on August 18 so our Project can begin as scheduled.  The process of completing those contracts has begun. 

The preliminary schedule is in place for the project's eight (8) phases which has us starting to clear the space for the first phase in early October and construction starting in mid-October.   If all goes according to schedule, the construction crews will be done on July 1, 2015.

The process to sell bonds to pay for the project is underway.  Right now there are a number of forms to fill out for various agencies about the library's financial information in order to qualify to sell bonds. 

 

 

July 30, 2014
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

Trade contractor bidding takes place now through 2pm August 5, 2014.

Contractors interested in knowing more about the Howell Carnegie District Library's Facility Renewal & Improvement Project can view the slide presentation given by Sam Ruegessegger from The Christman Co. below under the June 20, 2014 update. If you have questions, please contact Sam Ruegessegger at 734-761-2673.  

 
From early October 2014 through July 1, 2015 the library’s Facility Renewal and Improvement Project will be done in eight (8) phases.  This will allow us to keep the library open most of the time while the work on the building is going on.   Details of how this will affect you as a user will be available in September before the project work begins.   Details of the changes will be posted:
  • here on this page
  • the library's Facebook page
  • in future issues of the e-newsletter
  • and at all of the service desks in the building.

 

June 20, 2014  
Update:

Qualified trade contractors interested in knowing more about the Howell Carnegie District Library’s Facility Renewal & Improvement Project can view the slide presentation given by Sam Ruegessegger from The Christman Co. by clicking on the link below. If you have questions, please contact Sam Ruegessegger at 734-761-2673.

Howell Carnegie Library Trade Contractor Meeting Outreach Meeting Slide Presentation

June 9, 2014
Update:

Qualified trade contractors interested in knowing more about the Howell Carnegie District Library’s Facility Renewal & Improvement Project are invited to a meeting on Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  Sam Ruegessegger from The Christman Co, the library’s Construction Management Contractor, will be available to answer questions about the project and the bidding process.  The meeting will be held in the Meabon Room, please enter via the double glass doors located in the back of the library (Clinton Street side).  If you have questions, please contact Sam Ruegessegger at 734-761-2673.

May 1, 2014
Update from Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director:

Detailed plans, architectural and engineering drawings, construction bid prep, and the finance package is underway now through August 2014. The library has a contract with Quinn Evans Architects and a construction management contract with the Christman Company. To get the most bang for our buck we are now working through literally thousands of details which will pay off with some big improvements meant to last for 20 years. The construction bid package is scheduled to be ready in July with construction crews beginning sometime in September. Replacing heating & cooling (HVAC) and roofing in a public building, especially one that has 5000 people per week go through it, is more complicated than doing something similar on a home. There are HVAC uni

ts on the flat roof (not visible from the street). The roof project is intertwined with HVAC equipment, gutter and window repair, new insulation, etc. This fairly complicated project will make the building more water and air-tight, more energy efficient and much more pleasant to spend some time in when it’s done in the summer of 2015. We are excited about the changes that are coming and know that you will get to appreciate them for many years to come.

 

Timeline for Project:

  • Summer 2015: Work will complete
  • Early Fall 2014: Construction will start
  • Late Summer 2014: Construction Bidding
  • Mid-Summer 2014: Completion of construction documents
  • September 2013 - Mid-Summer 2014:  "Behind the Scenes" work that has taken place:

Working with Quinn Evans Architects and the Christman Company (construction manager) to complete the 3 phases of design work & work plan phasing:
1 - Concept Design (Identifying what needs to get repaired/renewed)
2 - Design Development (How it will get repaired/renewed)
3 - Construction Documentation & Phasing

  • August 2013 - Library Millage passes


What needs to get repaired/replaced?  See pictures & descriptions here.  (.pdf file)

 

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