OUR NEXT CHAPTER

Plans and Updates for Helen Plum Library

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Our Next Chapter- It’s what we are calling our project to determine the best future direction for the Helen Plum Library. Progress on this effort to date includes hiring Engberg Anderson, an architectural and planning services company who is developing a Needs and Facility Effectiveness Assessment to provide strategic facility options. These will include options for renovation, expansion and replacement on our current site.

We have also retained Frederick Quinn Corporation, a Construction Services provider, to conduct a Facility Condition Assessment to give a much needed detailed evaluation of the condition of the current Helen Plum Library building. The firm is inspecting the infrastructure of the existing facility and compiling a comprehensive report of the capital needs priorities and associated costs.

Some of the concerns that the team seeks to address are the needs for additional space, including increased meeting and study spaces, adding quiet areas to work and read, and expanding our children’s area. The team will also examine possibly adding spaces for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Lab, a maker’s space, a history and genealogy room, a small vending area and additional parking. They will also do a careful examination of the current aging building infrastructure and make recommendations for repair or replacement.

We will be seeking community input on the plans the Board decides to pursue. There are a number of ways for you to receive information about our Next Chapter as we move forward. Sign up for our email updates at getinvolved@helenplum.org, or attend one of our Community Engagement Meetings! The upcoming meeting dates are posted on the blog homepage.

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