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January 2014

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS · READING BRANCH PROJECT

  • The ribbon-cutting at the grand opening of the new Reading Branch. Pictured, from left, are: Library Trustee William J. Moran, Library Trustee Barbara W. Trauth, Trustee Secretary Allen G. Zaring IV, Library Trustee Robert G. Hendon, Kimber Fender, The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library, Trustee Vice President Elizabeth H. LaMacchia, Board of Trustees President Paul G. Sittenfeld, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, Library Trustee Ross Wright, Reading Mayor Robert “Bo” Bemmes, and Reading Branch Manager Liz Anderson.
  • Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune presents Reading Branch Manager Liz Anderson with a proclamation for the new branch.
  • The Reading High School Trumpet Trio perform during the grand opening. Pictured, from left, are: Kenny Kuhl, Matthew Schueler, Grace Crone, and their band director Jera Cox.
  • The citizens of Reading enter their new branch for the first time.
  • The new children’s area.
  • Teens put their new area to good use during the grand opening.
  • Customers watch buttons being made in the new MakerSpace.
  • Customers enjoy exploring the new MakerSpace.
  • The new teen area.
  • Customers try out the computers in the new Tech Center.
  • Interior view of the new Reading Branch.
  • Study Room 2.
  • Carpet has been installed in the work room.
  • The interior front sliding doors have been installed.
  • A worker is laying carpet squares in the public areas.
  • A view of the parking lot.
  • Can lights are being installed in the entry grid.
  • Window gaskets are being installed.
  • Ceiling tiles are being cut to size and installed.
  • The painter is touching up around the windows.
  • Storefront mullions are being cut to size and installed.
  • The parking lot received its base coat.
  • Glass has been installed in the storefront of the MakerSpace area.
  • The front entry concrete was poured and is being finished.
  • The concrete crew is finishing the concrete entry to the branch.
  • The concrete curbs have been installed in the parking lot.
  • The parking lot is being prepared for curbs.
  • The roads around the building are also being prepared for the curb installation.
  • The tile installers are cutting tile for the MakerSpace flooring.
  • The floor tile is being installed.
  • Carpenters are installing blocking to receive the new book drop.
  • Lights and diffusers are being installed in the ceiling grid.
  • Thermostats have been installed.
  • The ceiling grid continues to be installed.
  • The electricians are hooking up the light fixtures.
  • The tile on the feature wall has been installed.
  • Painters are putting a final coat of paint on the ceilings.
  • Window stops are being installed to hold the glass in place.
  • Tile installers are preparing to grout the wall tile.
  • The ceiling grid has been installed in the work room.
  • A view of the front entry canopy.
  • Feature tile has been installed around the entry to the technology room.
  • The new drinking fountains include a water bottle filling station.
  • The restroom fixtures have been installed.
  • A view of the drive-up book drop.
  • A view from Reading Road.
  • The glass installers are preparing to caulk the windows.
  • Glass has been installed in the window systems.
  • A view of the group study room.
  • The glass installers are caulking the upper windows.
  • Glass installation has started.
  • Masons are cleaning the last of the brick on the building.
  • A view of the main area looking into the Technology room.
  • Counter supports have been drywalled around at the public computer area in the Adult space.
  • Control wiring is being pulled to the ceiling HVAC units.
  • A view from the main entry showing the future brick column and canopy.
  • A view of the vaulted ceilings in the adult area.
  • The electrician is wiring the mechanical unit.
  • Supports have been installed for a countertop for children’s computers.
  • The drywall finishers are wrapping up their work inside the building.
  • The ceiling grid is being installed.
  • The corner molding is being installed on the edge of the soffits.
  • The floor and wall tile have been installed in the restrooms.
  • The drywallers pre-form the soffit drywall and prepare to install it to the metal studs.
  • Ceilings are being hung in the restrooms.
  • Finishers are busy mudding the soffits.
  • Drywall is being screwed to the soffit framing.
  • Window frames have been set into place and are awaiting glass.
  • The exterior wall insulation is complete.
  • The toilet room walls are finished and ready for tile installation.
  • A crew member seals duct joints to prevent leakage.
  • A view of the back side of the library.
  • Framers are cutting the blocking to be used within the walls.
  • The drywall is being installed.
  • Insulation has been installed in the exterior walls.
  • A view of the new branch from Reading Road.
  • The window frames are installed in what will be the Children’s area.
  • Insulation is being installed on the exterior walls.
  • The clerestory framing is almost complete above the future teen area.
  • The northwest corner of the new building.
  • The interior soffit framing is nearly complete in the area that will house the MakerSpace.
  • The brick is complete on the northeast corner of the building.
  • A mason scrapes the brick in preparation of cleaning it.
  • A mason sprays a cleaning solution on the brick.
  • The brick installation is proceeding on the south elevation.
  • The window frames have been installed.
  • This will be the main entry to the new branch.
  • This photo shows the exterior of the building along Reading Road.
  • Temporary walls are being constructed while the window frame installation begins.
  • The interior walls are being insulated.
  • Plumbers have started installing the interior water lines.
  • The future main entry of the branch.
  • A view down the scaffolding of the east elevation of the brick façade.
  • Framers work on the interior framing.
  • Masons are installing brick on the south elevation of the building.
  • A mason installs the stone base and window sills along the west elevations.
  • The brick is nearly complete on the southeast corner.
  • A view of the inside looking at the mechanical room.
  • The brick on the east elevation is nearly finished.
  • Reading Road has been blocked off for the water tap to be made.
  • A crew member is cutting down rigid insulation for the mechanical room.
  • The brick is complete on a portion of the east elevation.
  • The masons have tented the building so they can install the brick façade.
  • The interior framing is complete.
  • Scaffolding is put in place for the brick installation.
  • A framer finishes up a window detail.
  • The masons install the exterior façade.
  • The south elevation of the new Reading Branch. The open area will soon have a wall of glass installed.
  • The exterior skin of the building is ready to have the brick and stone installed.
  • A crew member is making a penetration into the wall of the building and repairing the air barrier.
  • This photo shows under slab conduits that will feed an electrical subpanel.
  • The Reading Road side of the building has the skin installed.
  • The air barrier membrane has been applied to the skin of the rear of the building.
  • The electricians install the electrical conduit in the walls.
  • The mechanical ducts have been installed and the interior walls are in place.
  • A view of the east side of the building and the canopy over the future drive-up book deposit.
  • Crews are installing duct work in the ceilings of the building’s interior.
  • Duct runs have been installed in the future study rooms.
  • Workers are on the roof installing the vapor barrier on the roof deck.
  • Exterior framing is complete in the northeast corner and the exterior sheathing has started.
  • View of the canopy over the future book deposit.
  • View of the canopy over the future drive-up window.
  • The east elevation of the new building.
  • The west elevations along Reading Road.
  • A view of the north elevation and future main entrance.
  • The exterior stud walls are being installed along the northeast corner of the building.
  • A crew member welds the steel beam the front windows will be installed on.
  • A plumber installs the roof drain hanger under the new deck.
  • The steel structure and metal decking are nearly complete.
  • The construction crew installs the last of the steel beams.
  • A crew member installs the bracing.
  • The steel structure is taking shape.
  • A crane is being used to install the steel beams.
  • Steel columns have been installed.
  • Crew members weld the columns to the anchor bolts.
  • Crew members check the elevations at the new site.
  • The new slab is in place at the new Reading Branch.
  • A view of the future mechanical room.
  • A crew member compacts gravel in preparation for pouring the slab later this week.
  • Looking south at the new Reading Branch site, the foundations are complete and the under-slab electric and plumbing are nearly complete.
  • A waterproofing membrane and protective sheet is being applied to the foundation walls.
  • Looking north at the new Reading Branch site, the completed foundation walls with the under-slab utilities in place.
  • The north wall footer for the new Reading Branch
  • The construction crew pours concrete into the new Reading Branch’s east foundation wall
  • Foundation re-bar being installed
  • Grading the future parking lot
  • Geothermal trenches that lead to where the geo-thermal system will enter the building to help control the HVAC system
  • Glass containers that have been unearthed at the Reading Branch site include a 1920 Nu-Grape soda bottle manufactured in Jacksonville, Fla. (left) and two Cincinnati-made bottles ─ one for soda and the other for cottage cheese
  • Construction workers install the reinforcing bars, or “rebars,” for the branch foundation
  • Geothermal well field loops
  • Building pad staked out so excavators can begin foundation work/span>
  • The building pad is nearly ready to start excavating for the foundation
  • Geothermal wells
  • Construction crews are busy working at the site for the new branch
  • Drilling for the foundation
  • Geothermal drilling
  • Geothermal drilling is underway
  • Geothermal drilling is underway
  • A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation project was held at the branch on Monday, April 21.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kimber L. Fender.
  • Reading Mayor Robert “Bo” Bemmes.
  • Jeffrey Hillard, Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages, College of Mount Saint Joseph.
  • Many community residents attended the groundbreaking.
  • On January 21, the new branch design plans were previewed at a Reading Community Council meeting. Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kim Fender discusses the design plans at the meeting.
  • Jay Derenthal, Director of Design/Principal (Champlin Architecture), talks to members of the Reading community about the design plans.
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • Detail from the design plans. Select the image to see the full design.
  • The new Reading Branch will be located on Reading Road.
  • The current Reading Branch is a 1,934 square-feet rental facility. The new branch will be 12,000 square-feet.
  • The new branch will have enough space to accomodate a larger collection of material, more computers, and a meeting room/program area.
  • The new branch will also include dedicated children's and teen areas.
  • The Benson and Reading Road location.
  • At one time, the branch occupied a rental facility on the corner of Benson Street and Jefferson Avenue. At that time, the branch was known as the "Valley Branch."
  • Interior of the Benson Street building.

Construction Timeline

2013
2014
2015
DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Grand Opening
June 23, 5:30 p.m.
Groundbreaking
April 21, 2014