Excerpt: In one of the biggest projects in its 118-year history, the Prendergast Library will be temporarily closing its doors Aug. 31 for an asbestos removal project and renovation that could take up to three months.
With the current ballasts no longer being manufactured for the current light fixtures, the library had no choice but to install new fixtures or retrofit existings ones. Both of these actions require removing asbestos.
Below the carpet, flooring tiles also tested positive for the mineral and will need to be removed as well. Although the asbestos is not a threat to library visitors, it needed to be removed to comply with new laws and regulations. After replacing ceiling and floor tiles, the library will see a more modern facelift.
The project is estimated to cost $800,000.