Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Construction Kickoff Ceremony @ the Madison Public Library

Mayor kicks off $29.5 million Central Library reconstruction. (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/27/2012)

Excerpt: On Tuesday, Mayor Paul Soglin and others kicked off a $29.5 million reconstruction of the worn shell that will bring a glassy, modern facade, a third-floor, new technology, more natural light and public space to create a state-of-the-art facility at the corner of North Fairchild and West Mifflin streets. 

The library will reopen in the summer of 2013. 

"I'm very pleased with what we ended up with," Library Board President Tripp Widder said. "I think the community is going to be very pleased with it 18 months from now." The ceremony featured the removal of the library's 1965 cornerstone, which will be reused in the reconstruction. 

The cornerstone protected a time capsule holding books, newspapers, and library materials that were displayed during the event. City officials and library advocates have long sought to modernize the building, which is structurally sound but lacked space and technology and suffered from millions of dollars in deferred maintenance.

Related posts: 
Findorff awarded Madison Public Library construction contract.  (3/1/2012)
City of Madison to Rebid Central Library Project. (12/22/2011)
Madison Community Foundation awards $500,000 grant for new Madison Central Library.   (12/16/2011)
Retiring Guy takes a last look at the 1960s-era Madison Central Library.  (11/13/2011)
Madison Central Library prepares for move to temporary facility. (11/9/2011)
Madison Public Library misses cut on $4.5 million tax credit.  (9/14/2011)
Board to consider Plan B financing.  (9/1/2011)
Central library to relocate in November.  (7/27/2011)
Central library reconstruction project to proceed.  (4/29/2011)
Negotiations continue.  (4/27/2011)
Central library not a major issue with candidate or mayor Soglin. (4/19/2011)
Soglin wants to make sure ducks are in a row for Central Library Project.  (4/16/2011)
Latest design review.  (4/8/2011)
Midway Design presentation for Madison Central Library.  (2/25/2011)
Final design for renovated central library unveiled.  (12/8/2010)
Interview with principal architect of Central Library project.  (11/5/2010)
And the beat goes on.  (4/14/2010)

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