When I arrived at the library this morning, our site supervisor had already pulled all the trim off the 2nd floor walls and had the sawzall out to start making “a real mess,” as he put it.
We’re working with several wonderful companies to get this project done. Our primary construction company for the project is R.W. Mercer, with staff from their Jackson office. The carpeting will be installed by Allied Office Interiors out of Ann Arbor. The new shelving will be created by The Huck Group and installed by local contractor Jeff Proctor. And, of course, our architectural office, David W. Osler and Associates (Ann Arbor), is providing planning and drawings with specific help from Martin Schwartz (architect) and Molly Osler (interior designer). With their assistance we’re making the library an even friendlier, more helpful place to be!
Before we get there, though, we’ll have to suffer through a little noise, a lot of dust, and some inconvenience. Today I’ll be finalizing our calendar for carpet installation, which is going to require being closed to the public several days in December. When we’re moving stacks and books around on the ground floor safety demands we stay out of the way of the contractors. Thankfully we’re working with a great carpeting company who understands libraries, and our architects have helped us phase the project so that the 2nd floor will be finished first, giving us a chance to move some of our services upstairs and minimizing disruption while the 1st floor is being re-carpeted and rearranged.
For now, though, it’s just the 2nd floor under construction. The YA collection has been moved to the 1st floor and the VHS videos and Local History collection are in temporary storage. This phase of the project (2nd floor demolition, new shelving and carpeting) will be finished around Thanksgiving. We’re having a couple of offices updated as we go, and the circulation staff will be getting their own work space. I know they’re looking forward to that!
Thank you for your patience, and please let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help you use the library during this time.