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Friday, December 29, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action...

New Shelving and More Lighting Installed

New shelving was installed in the Children's Room this week. The installers worked quickly, putting metal pieces together and then adding faux wood panels on the ends of each row. 

New bookshelves still in their shipping boxes
Shelving in boxes    

The metal framing of the bookshelves are put in place
Skeleton frame of shelving

Completed half height shelving installed at the entrance of the Children's Room
Children's Room, shelving at front entrance


Finished shelves in Children's Room stacks
Finished shelves in Children's Room stacks

More new shelving will be installed  in the Teen, Adult, and Magazine areas in the next couple of weeks. Additional LED lighting is being installed in the reading areas.

Upgraded lighting in the new book area
New book area

Upgraded lighting in the new book area/teen area
New book area/teen area

So what else is happening? White Oak staff are in the process of planning great programs for our community when the library reopens. We can't wait to see you soon!

Please stay tuned to the White Oak Library Blog to find out the latest on the White Oak Library refresh project.


White Oak branch manager Angelisa Hawes

    Angelisa Hawes
    Branch Manager





Thursday, December 7, 2017

ANTICIPATION! Is making me wait.....

As a child I remember watching the Heinz ketchup commercial with the ketchup slowly flowing out of the glass bottle as the young man waited for it to fall on his french fries. Well refresh projects can be a little like that at times. So I'm excited to show you sneak peeks of the inside of the library.

So many things have happened since I last posted.  Lots of carpet and tiles have been laid throughout the library, but the carpeting has not been completely finished-YET! However the children's room walls have been painted and carpeting laid. In the next couple of weeks new shelving will be delivered and  installed throughout the children's room. The picture below shows a corner in the children's room

Children's room new carpeting and paint
               
New carpet tiles in Adult Fiction aisles
                                             

Tiles in large meeting room
                                                     
To help with costs damaged doors were sanded and then painted in a beautiful Sherwin Williams paint named Gray Shingle. The doors look AWESOME!

    Hallway door in front of elevator
                                               
Tile work has begun in the upper and lower levels of the bathrooms.

  1st floor men's restroom
                                               
    1st floor women's restroom
                                                   

Roof work and new LED lighting installation continues throughout the library.

Lights in Adult fiction area 
 Roof awning replaced
           
Please stay tuned to the White Oak blog to find out the latest on the White Oak Library REFRESH project.


                Angelisa Hawes
                Branch Manager

Friday, November 17, 2017

Forging On! Step by Step

After a few delays the refresh project is forging on....step by step! The roof work continues even in the chilly weather!

Exterior of White Oak Library
White Oak exterior

Previously stained and broken tiles were removed from the ceilings throughout the library. This week new tiles were replaced in the ceilings throughout the library.

Ceiling tiles not yet installed, making the insulation and duct work visible
Old tiles removed
Same shot with new ceiling tiles installed.
New tiles replaced 

New tiles over adult fiction and non-fiction stacks.
New tiles over adult fiction and non-fiction stacks.

The old children's room entrance that was moved further from the entrance door was painted. Pictures show the beginning stages to the completed stage. The room looks so much brighter with new ceiling tiles and new paint color!

Old children's room entrance before painting
Old children's room entrance

Prepping to paint around children's room entrance glass
Prepping to paint around children's room entrance glass

Newly painted children's entrance
Newly painted children's entrance

In the study room, a "knee wall" has been added between carrels to provide more electrical outlets for customers with laptops. Previously customers plugged their devices into a surge protector. Electrical outlets have been added into this knee wall which is still under construction.

Steel skeleton of the knee wall being installed to provide electrical outlets
Knee wall

New safety exit signs and more fire extinguishers are being installed throughout the library.


New exit sign at the entrance of White Oak Library
New exit signs

Stay tuned to the White Oak Library blog to find out what's happening with the refresh project!


White Oak manager Angelisa Hawes


                 









Angelisa Hawes
Branch Manager

Friday, November 3, 2017

Some Color, Some Carpeting, and New Collaboration Rooms

Things have continued to move along with the refresh project at White Oak Library.

Contractors have primed and begun to paint the walls. Pops of brilliant blue and purple have been painted above book cases giving the library a much needed color lift.


New blue paint above the bookshelves in the children's room.


Purple paint trimming the walls in the children's room





Newly painted purple walls in the children's room


The children's room was also painted in a beautiful Sherwin Williams color named "First Star." 



White pastel color called "First Star" in the children's room





The glass has been installed in the store front of the two new collaboration rooms. 


The glass walls of the new collaboration rooms





All of the new carpeting has arrived and will be installed as soon as the painting is finished.


Boxes of new carpeting waiting to be installed

Here's a sneak peek of some of the carpeting colors.


                        Sky blue and tan carpet swathLight pink and tan carpet swath


Stay tuned to the White Oak Library blog to find out the latest on our refresh project!



                 Angelisa Hawes
                 Branch Manager


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Roof! The Roof!

New Roof at White Oak Library

In my last post, I alerted everyone that the White Oak Library re-opening would be a little delayed until early 2018. Many structural items needed to be addressed during the refresh project. One of those items is a new roof. The new roof won't be noticeable when you visit the library because of the type of roof that is on the building.  Here's a picture:
                       

Lots of roofing and heavy machinery were delivered to the library before the project began.




Roof work began on September 20, 2017. The old pieces of roofing were taken off and placed in a scoop type arm and then placed in large dumpsters.

Crews working on top of the roof.



Scoop

       
2 dumpsters of roof material removed


Truck removing old material

Work is now finished in the parking lot. Handicap spaces are striped and signs were placed.






Please stay tuned to the White Oak Library Blog to find out the latest.














Angelisa Hawes
Branch Manager
White Oak Library

Monday, September 11, 2017

And the Work Goes On!

So while I've been out in the community attending book groups or even grabbing a bite to eat, I've been stopped by customers who are asking me"What's going on at the library" or "When are you re-opening?"

The project has had a few unexpected surprises, including the need to do asbestos abatement in most of the public area and replace plumbing pipes where the new restroom fixture work is occurring.  These surprises have added construction time to the original 6 month project estimate.  The latest projection for the reopening date is now expected for early 2018.

The work goes on!

Construction crews have removed damaged ceiling tiles in preparation for the installation of new and brighter lighting and new ceiling tiles. The electrical work needed for the new lighting will be done while the ceilings are open.
      
Tiles removed from ceiling, exposing wiring and insulation
Tiles removed from ceiling
Once the old children's shelving was removed from the perimeter of the Children's Room, non-insulated concrete blocks became exposed along the outside walls.  This required the contractor to add insulation and drywall to those areas in preparation for the new shelving to be installed.

Before, packs of drywall and insulation awaiting installation in the White Oak children's room
Before - Insulation and drywall awaiting installation
After, drywall and insulation installed in the White Oak children's room
After - New insulation and drywall installed
                                                                      
Prior to the refresh project start, the entrance to the children's room was very close to the front door. Little children often ran out of the children's room and straight out the front door.  To address that safety concern and to provide better visual access as well as more direct service desk access to the Children's Room, we decided to move the entrance to the children's area a little further away from the front entrance doors.  Contractors have begun the process of framing and closing up the old entrance and relocating the new entrance.


White Oak's children's room entrance with wood stud framing
Old children's entrance with framing
A wider view of the children's room entrance with wooden stud framing
Full view of children's entrance


Another view of children's room entrance

New metal railings were also installed along the stairs leading up to the building and to the book drop.

New ramp and railing in front of book drop
Another view of the new ramp and railing.

New ramped front and middle entrance
                                                   
Please stay tuned to the White Oak library blog to the find out the latest.




                Angelisa Hawes
                Branch Manager
               White Oak Library