FORT COLLINS, COLO. - Nov. 30, 2011 - Fort Collins-based Heath Construction was selected by the Poudre River Public Library District to complete the $ 4.2 million expansion and renovation of the Main Library in Old Town - Heath's seventh library project in recent years.
Construction of the 6,000-square-foot addition and extensive interior remodel launched in November and will span seven months. When completed in June 2012, the re-energized library will offer patrons new meeting space, an expanded children's area, additional space for computers, study areas, window seating with views of the park and a cyber café.
Despite the seven-month construction period, the library will be closed for only six weeks beginning Dec. 1, with an anticipated reopening date of Jan. 10.
Then from January to June, construction will continue while the library is open. An expert in managing construction and maintaining a safe environment for customers, Heath has successfully completed similar projects at libraries, retail stores and schools.
“From the start, the Library District Board of Trustees was adamant that the library be open for service as much as possible during construction,”¯ said Holly Carroll, executive director, Poudre River Public Library District. “Heath's experience managing phased construction while maintaining a safe environment will enable us to continue serving the community while the building is under construction. We'reexcited about the possibilities this remodel and modest expansion will provide, and believe it is a necessary step to better serve our customers and face the changing needs of our community.”¯
This is Heath's third library project for the Poudre River Public Library District, following the Council Tree Library construction on Harmony Road in early 2009. Heath also built the $3.5 million Front Range Community College/City of Fort Collins joint-use library in 1997, and performed additions to four other Northern Colorado libraries and in Wyoming.