Next 100 Years Campaign
Information and Updates about the Library Capital Campaign
The Holyoke Public Library is engaged in an historic project to renovate and expand its 100+ year old building into a 21st Century Library and Learning Center. The renovated and expanded facility will re-open in late summer/early fall, 2013. The official launch of the Next 100 Years campaign was June 9, 2011. As of January 2013, the campaign is $2 million toward the $2.5 million community goal; these are the funds the Library has pledged to raise toward the $14.5 million project. The entire project is being funded through a partnership of city, state, federal and private sources that is unique in Holyoke's history.
To make a Donation -- Please contact the Capital Campaign Office at (413) 322-5636.
Holyoke Public Library's Next Hundred Years:
A Capital Campaign for a 21st Century Community Learning & Resource Center
(a 12-page campaign brochure designed in 2010 by DiCarlo Studios,
Photographic Documentation (listed and linked below)
Milestones in the HPL Expansion/Remodel Project:
- Campaign Kick-Off Event (bilingual poster, pdf), June 9, 2011.
- Ground breaking ceremony at 335 Maple Street, Holyoke, November 17, 2011.
- Relocation (temporary) of Library services to City Hall, January 2012.
- Fund Raising updates: June 2012 "Drive to the Future" press conference (photo); August 2012 (75% of goal reached)
- “Topping Off” ceremony as highest structural beam hoisted into place, September 7, 2012:
Holyoke on the Rise (press release from Mass.Board of Library Commissioners)
Reconstruction of Holyoke Public Library reaches midpoint (Reminder article 9/12/12)
- Glass Flooring blocks from 1902 stacks offered for sale (Glass block gallery) and for artistic projects (Call for Entries, January 2013; Application form due 1/31/13).
Construction updates from D.A. Sullivan & Sons (project manager) or Finegold Alexander + Associates (architects): see below
Construction Update - Summary as of 12/14/12
by Tom Ryan, D.A. Sullivan & Sons
GENERAL OVERVIEW: The work is moving along at a good pace with few or no issues. The general contractor is getting the building prepared for the upcoming winter months. They have the temporary heat running to help with all of the finishes.
SITEWORK: The site work is starting to slow down due to the winter temperatures, such as the installation of granite seat walls on the Maple St. side of the building and some of the light poles. The prep work and layout for the sidewalks has begun. The final connections to the sewer lines are complete and ready for use.
EXTERIOR BRICK & PRECAST: The last of the precast has arrived and is ready for installation. The final cleaning will take place before winter sets in.
EXTERIOR CURTAIN WALLS &ROOFS: All of the glass panels have been installed in the curtain walls, with the exception of the front entry way because it is currently being used as a loading area; that section will be completed at a later date. The trim finish pieces to the curtain will be installed after the composite wall panels have been installed. The roof on the existing building has been finished for some time, along with the new skylights. The new addition roofing is approximately 85% complete; the edges still need to be completed. The roofs are water tight, and the building itself is weather tight.
PLUMBING: The plumbing is ready for the rough inspections throughout the building.
ELECTRICAL: Roughing of the electric is going well. The lower level has already had its inspection, and is in the process of getting insulation and sheetrock. The other levels of the existing and new addition have been roughed and are now waiting for their inspections.
HVAC: The boilers are in place in the lower level mechanical room and are now waiting for the hookups to begin. The fan coil units and duct work are approximately 90% roughed. The roof top units and chiller are due in any day now. The heat piping is also approximately 90% complete.
ROUGH FRAMING: The rough framing is approximately 80% completed. The sheetrock and taping will be completed in about 10 days. Once the inspections are done, the sheetrock will begin on other levels.
FIRE PROTECTION: The main piping is installed in the existing building and most of the drops done. The work in the new addition will begin soon.
STAIRS: The installation of stairways #3 and #4 will begin within the next week or so, and will make getting up and down much easier for everyone.
Construction Update - Summary as of 7/31/12
by Isaac Smith, FA+A
Much of the early work centered on preparing the site for construction. The parking lot across the street has been laid out. New drainage structures and underground utilities are in place. This portion of the project now serves as a staging location for work across the street. The entire perimeter of the building was excavated in order to provide new foundation water proofing systems. Existing utilities were disconnected. Temporary utilities are in place and the work to establish the final new utilities is underway.
The majority of demolition work is now complete. The stack wing has been removed and new openings have been created which will link the historic building with the new wing. In the basement structural reinforcements have been completed allowing the removal of portions of old structure which will create larger spaces to accommodate the insertion of new administrative functions into the lower level of the building. During demolition a number of materials and conditions were discovered which might pose environmental or health concerns. This is not an unusual situation, and while most of these conditions had been covered it was necessary to remove the potentially toxic material to be safe. The painstaking process of properly abating these areas has been completed.
The interior of the basement has taken shape. Old walls and finish materials have been removed. New floor slabs have been installed and structural work has been completed. The majority of framing for the new partitions is complete and "Rough-in" work for the pluming and utilities is well underway. New recessed track rails have been installed to accommodate the new movable compact shelving system in the archive room.
Upstairs the murals and trim details have been protected by creating wood framed "envelopes" around sensitive portions of the building. Old finishes have been removed and structural work has been completed to bring the building into compliance with modern building codes. Work has begun to prepare the building for the installation of new mechanical and fire protection systems.
Work on the restoration of the existing building masonry is nearly complete. Staging has been erected around the entire perimeter of the building to facilitate the work. The building has had an initial cleaning to remove staining. All of the masonry joints have been cut out and the majority of repointing work has been completed. Work to repair cracks and portions of the damaged limestone trim detail is underway. Upon completion of this the building will undergo the final cleaning process.
Up on the roof the new rough framing for the three skylights is underway. Upon completion work can begin to remove the old roofing material so that new sheathing and flashing can be installed in advance of the final skylight installation. Work has also begun on mock-ups for the new copper gutter linings.
The concrete foundations for the new wing are nearly complete at this stage. The majority of backfilling has been completed, and work is progressing on the bearing plates and leveling nuts in preparation for the arrival of the structural steel on site when erection and framing will begin. In the meantime work is set to begin on constructing the masonry core walls which will be used to support key elements of the new addition including the grand stair and elevator. These walls are a critical component of reinforcing the existing facades which will remain.
By Isaac Smith, FA&A
Construction is well underway. The most obvious signs of the library's transformation are evident by the ongoing demolition of the stack wing. While demolition work proceeds it becomes easier to envision what the future holds for the construction site.
As we excitedly near the construction of new things it is important to note that a significant amount of work has been done leading up to this point. In the interior of the building the old boiler pit has been filled in, preparation for new floor slabs has been completed, and new foundations and structural reinforcements have been created to help secure the historic building and bring it into compliance with modern structural codes. Among the most important aspects of the completed work is unseen and will remain so. The entire foundation of the building has had a modern water proofing system installed to ensure that the water infiltration & flooding remains a problem of the past. Underground, new utilities connections have been created to upgrade the service to the library to power modern mechanical & electrical systems.
Upstairs the murals have been protected, historic trim and millwork has been painstakingly preserved and cataloged for reinstallation later. The attic has been cleared of all trash and debris to make way for the work which will recreate the historic skylights.
On the exterior of the building scaffolding has been erected so that the restoration work can begin. The entire building will be thoroughly cleaned. Cracks will be filled and crumbling trim will be repaired. The result of this work will give the building an appearance it has not had for decades.
Soon new foundations will begin along Chestnut Street as the library continues to take shape.
July 16, 2012 Update
by Terry Plum
Work is going well. You can see the new attic space over the renovated main building and the foundation pour for the new wing. In the pictures, the square structure is the elevator.
The elevator and the mechanicals (furnace, boiler, etc.) are proving to be tricky, but the Finegold and Fontaine are solving the problems.
Although not in the pictures, the new skylights are going in also. All three are real skylights, that is, the sky is actually visible, rather than faux-skylights with lighted glass.
June 29, 2012 Update
by Terry Plum
Work proceeds on the new Library, but much of it is not dramatic.
Seismic anchors are going in at the roof.
Masons are cutting and pointing mortar joints on all outside walls of
the renovated Library, except the side facing Chesnut which will be
inside the new wing.
Skylights will go into the roof next week.
The sidewalk on Essex Street will be relocated to accommodate diagonal
parking. It is likely that three more trees on Essex will have to come
down. We looked at several ideas to try to keep them, but to work the
sidewalk around the trees finally didn't make sense. The consolation
is that new trees will be planted, and the Library is building for the
next 100 years.
Floor Plans -- As of August 2011
Sandy Ward's Library Building Project Photo Albums
Fundraising Goals -- In February 2009, Financial Development Agency was engaged for a feasibility study. One of the primary objectives of the study was to solicit opinions about the feasibility of the library raising $3.5 million involving multi-year pledges, as well as grants and foundations. Financial Development Agency concluded that the tested goal of $3.5 million in community monies is not feasible at this time; FDA recommends a goal of $2.5 million of which would be raised as part of a broad based community appeal involving individuals, local businesses and granting organizations, and based on securing a lead gift of $500,000-$1,000,000.
Capital Campign Brochure -- Holyoke Public Library's Next Hundred Years: A Capital Campaign for a 21st Century Community Learning & Resource Center. Insert FAQs; Dedication & Memorial Giving Opportunities; Insert Recognition
Make a Donation --Please call the Capital Campaign Office to make an appointment to learn more on how your contribution can support our library project be a success. (413) 322-5636.
Financial Development Agency (FDA)
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