Library Building Renovation/Expansion Project
The Public Broadcast of the Library Building Project Meeting, 1 March 2018.
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The trustees of the Meredith Public Library are encouraging residents of Meredith to view the broadcasted information session regarding the plans for renovation and expansion of the library. The session was on Thursday, March 1, at the Meredith Community Center. This meeting will be rebroadcast on the Lakes Region Public Access Station MetroCast channel 24 Thurs., March 8 at 6 p.m.
The trustees unanimously voted to select Lavallee Brensinger Architects as the architectural firm for the project. In addition to the library’s director and trustees, the lead architect for the project, Ron Lamarre, was at the session to present a draft of the design and answer questions from the public. Lamarre, with more than 25 years of experience, has personally led the planning and design of 11 public libraries and more than a dozen academic libraries. In addition to being a licensed architect, he is a certified educational planner, an accredited learning environment professional, a LEED Accredited professional, and a member of the American Library Association.
“We greatly appreciate the time and energy that so many people have already invested in this project,” says Ann Butler, chair of the library’s board. “This includes the talented people at all of the architectural firms that were considered for the project, the members of the Feasibility Advisory Committee, the trustees, the library staff, and the public.” She notes that “it was a challenging decision because all the architects provided options that met the Requests for Proposal, but we believe this firm presented the option that best serves current and future library patrons as well as Meredith’s residents and tax payers.”
Before the vote, each trustee was asked to individually state what they considered when deciding how they would vote in what turned out to be a unanimous decision. Trustees gave great consideration to the challenges of utilizing the existing library property, the historic building, and how library patrons would be affected during the construction process.
"Advantages to the library in the Lavallee Brensinger design included reducing the number of library levels while minimizing the risks and costs since blasting or chemical removal of ledge won't be required, flexibility of spaces, future expandability, and a phasing process that keeps the library fully operational except for a few days during construction," explains library trustee, Betty Strader. "They also happened to have extensive experience designing libraries, had the lowest project cost, and were willing to guarantee their price through construction in 2020. Libraries previously designed using a guaranteed maximum price by Lavallee Brensinger were completed within that budget and some returned excess funds back to towns at completion."
The 117-year-old Meredith Public Library is on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural design and was expanded in 1988. The current facility is not ADA compliant and has made operational adjustments to meet building code concerns. Other challenges include insufficient program space and parking difficulties.