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Architect chosen for library expansion

Zimmerschied Architecture of Lawrence shared this preliminary design of the expansion of the Baldwin City Public Library at a Feb. 27 library board meeting at which it was chosen to design the project.

Zimmerschied Architecture of Lawrence shared this preliminary design of the expansion of the Baldwin City Public Library at a Feb. 27 library board meeting at which it was chosen to design the project.

March 8, 2013

Tthe Baldwin City Public Library Board of District has chosen Zimmerschied Architecture of Lawrence to design the $500,000 library expansion,

The decision, approved by the board Feb. 28, was one of two steps in the past two weeks that moved the long-proposed expansion closer to reality. On Monday, the Baldwin City Council approved a bond sale that includes $510,000 in financing for the project. The library board has committed $120,000 for the expansion.

Zimmerschied also was the architect of Baker University’s Collins Library expansion, which was completed in 2002.

In a report to the library board, Zimmerschied set the project’s overall cost at $620,000 and construction cost at $512,000. Architectural and engineering fees are to be charged at 9.75 percent of construction cost, or an estimated $50,000.

A preliminary plan shared with the board in the report included those items library staff and advocates wanted in the expansion and satisfied the city council’s desire that the project include a meeting room suitable for council meetings. It shows the L-shaped expansion to the west and north of current building, which adds 3,220 square feet to the library’s current 6,380 square.

That preliminary design would:

• Enlarge the current community meeting room and provide a conference room for executive sessions

• Add a second community room

• Add a “warming” kitchen

• Provide storage space and expand the children’s area, which would include a craft area

• Enhance and enlarge the entrance foyer

Zimmerschied is to share conceptual plans with the board March 14, a project budget May 7 and completed drawings May 31.

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