Along with the roof replacement, the project will include 35,900 square feet of new concrete roof tiles and 2,000 square feet of membrane roofing to provide an extra layer of protection against water leaks, according to city officials.
New energy-efficient roofline windows, replacing water-damaged wood siding, and adding new gutters and downspouts are among other improvements to the building. Roof anchors and walkable tiles will also be added to the roof to provide safer and easier access for maintenance personnel, according to city staff.
Provided there are no security concerns, the library is expected to remain open during the initial phase of construction, except when roofline windows are replaced. According to the city, that date and for how long the library will be closed is unknown, but online services will still be available to the public.
The parking lot will remain open and untouched by construction crews as their equipment and materials will be located on the vacant city-owned lot across from the library. From Monday, August 8, the library building will be surrounded by a security fence to “form a perimeter for the active construction site and form a barrier between the public and any potential falling debris.”
A tunnel will also be installed at the entrance door of the library to ensure safe access for the public and staff entering the building.
Work will be carried out Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.