Join us in welcoming our new Teen Librarian, Abby Porter to Essex Library!
As the framing of the building is completed, and some of the roof trusses are added, it is possible to get an idea of how the new library will look.
The slab is poured for the new library on June 9, 2014
The new library will be on a single level, with a concrete slab as its base. After weeks of work putting pipes and conduits under and through what will be the slab, the big day finally arrived, and throughout the day a fleet of trucks brought concrete to the site. The entire 23,772 square foot slab was poured on June 9, and will cure as the carpenters begin framing the building. Another milestone accomplished!
On Monday, May 19, 2014 the new building "Topping Off" ceremony was held.
Topping off is a tradition in the construction industry that marks the placement of the last beam atop a new structure. The beam was signed by the architects, construction managers, library staff, and a gathering of library supporters who celebrated this major milestone. The next step will be pouring the slab floor for the building, and then work on the walls and roof will begin.
Once the footings, foundation and piers were complete, it was possible to start attaching the structural steel that will form the skeleton of the new library building.
While difficult winter weather has slowed progress, the footings are now complete and 90% of the foundation walls have been poured. The water mains have been installed and the next step will be preparing the interior spaces, so that the piers and the building slab can be poured.
In spite of the snow and cold, work has continued on the footings and foundation walls. This view from the Northeast corner of the site shows the outline of the Children's Wing, and beyond it to the right is the North side of the building. The crews are making good progress, and the foundation work is expected to be completed during February.
Despite difficult weather conditions, work on the new building continues on schedule.
Footing excavation has been completed at the Teen Wing, South Terrace and the East side of the Staff Workroom and Mechanical Room. Footings have been poured along the north side of the Staff Workroom and along the southern end of the West Terrace; formwork has been removed from both locations. Foundation wall formwork construction is in progress along the north and east sides of the Staff Workroom, as well as the southern end of the West Terrace. Foundation wall formwork has been constructed at the east entrance between the Children’s Wing and the foundation walls have been poured along the entire north side of the building, the entire Children’s Wing and mid-way along the Western side of the building. Grade has been brought up inside of Children’s Wing – ready for steel column anchor plates.
As soon as the site was cleared, the outlines of the new library building were marked and trenches dug where the footings would be placed. After compacted gravel fill covered the bottom of the trenches, the forms for the footings were established, steel reinforcement bars placed, and concrete poured. This has been underway during December and will continue for at least another month.