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Community Meeting (11/17/2010)

Project Overview

Commencing in August of 2011 the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will begin construction on its 11th Capital improvement project with the historic renovation of the South Side Branch Library. The project entails a complete exterior and interior renovation of 102 year old facility.

On the exterior of the building, the overall approach will be one of preservation and restoration. The most significant element of the design is the reintroduction of a grand stair, which will not only create a civic gesture to the street but will reinforce the Library’s overall presence. The landscape will be re-sculptured in order to integrate a more aesthetically pleasing accessible entrance for the library.

The proposed exterior scope of work includes: cleaning and repairing the brick, stone, and cast stone; replacement of the cementitious shingle roof with a slate roof; refurbishing the existing wood windows (remove from openings, repair, re-glaze, and paint); repairing, replacing, and painting the exterior wood trim, and adding new copper gutters to the existing dormers. A new elevator will be implemented internally along with the installation of new skylights in the location of the original “abandoned” skylights.

On the interior of the building the design and renovation approach is to preserve and enhance the historic character of the building while carefully integrating modern amenities that are essential to a contemporary library.

Upon entering the building the visitors will be welcomed into the space through a sky lit Reading Lounge and day lit Popular Library. The Customer and Self-Service areas will be convenient and accessible without providing a barrier to the library. The Children’s Room and beloved “Nook” will be preserved by moving it into the former work room and will house dedicated computers for children of all ages.

The introduction of an elevator in the building will make all three levels fully accessible (ADA compliant) and will maximize all available floor space for much broader uses. The basement will offer a large Meeting Room that will accommodate up to a hundred (100) persons while the second floor will contain a staff lounge and a smaller, staff- controlled Seminar Room.

The mechanical systems will be totally replaced and include the addition of a much-needed air conditioning system. The mechanical design and renovation includes the implementation of Geothermal technology, which will enable CLP to continue to reduce annual operation costs. This branch will be the first Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch to implement such technology.

It is anticipated that the building will re-open to the public in August of 2012.


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