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January 2014

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS · READING BRANCH PROJECT

  • 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.

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Construction Timeline

2013
2014
2015
DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Expected Completion: Spring/Summer 2015
Groundbreaking
April 21, 2014