What if the Referendum Doesn’t Pass?


At a cost of 9.1 million, we would make the most urgent repairs. The library conducted two Capital Facility Assessments; one in 2010, the other in 2015. The result of both studies indicated that many of the library’s major operating systems are at or near their nature lifespan.

Below is the list of items included in the $9.1 million Repair option.

• The Building Exterior – walls, roof, windows, doors, represent 18% of the total.
• Interior Finishes – carpet, rubber flooring in the lobby, ceramic tile, represents 7% of the total.
• Mechanical and Electrical System represent 36% of the total cost.
• HVAC includes replacing 3 air handling units (AHUs), 3 condensing units, various fans, pumps and the controllers that “drive” them, new controls for all of these, and new controls for roof top mechanical units (heating/cooling for parts of 1995 addition), humidifier replacement, reheat coil replacement in the variable air volume (VAV) boxes throughout the building, replacement of the electric baseboards.
• Electrical work includes new lighting, new lighting control panels and relays, and new fire alarm control panel.
• Data work includes new backbone, new phone system, server room updates and replacements, and security system update including cameras and alarms
• Site repairs represent 6% of the total, including asphalt paving repairs, concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs, catch basin repairs, and reconstruction of the north stairs to the upper-level entry

What issues cannot be resolved with the $9.1 Repair option?

The $9.1 Repair option does not address any of the space or structural problems inherent to the current facility. Ground floor access, a children’s play/explore space, larger meeting room, small group study rooms and drive-up book return would not be possible.

In addition, mechanical, lighting, data and power issues could not be addressed due to the current facility’s “floor to floor” ratios. The performance of each is noticeably limited and there is no potential to modify/rearrange/adapt the systems to future needs. Here is a most detailed list of the issues in these areas.

• Low duct height causes extra noise, higher fan speeds, greater wear on fans, lower quality air, less control of air quality, lower comfort, and higher energy consumption. The ducts get wider and limit the ability to locate lights, fire suppression, and data
cable trays where needed.

• Direct fixtures are needed – there is no height to accommodate indirect lighting. As a result, the lighting is uneven and in some areas substandard.
• It is difficult to locate even the direct downlight fixtures because the wide ducts
take up so much space.
• The available light locations do not coincide with an efficient book stack

Data and Power:
• Primary data cabling through the building is contorted, difficult to access and
difficult to modify.
• New data locations are difficult to insert because of the numerous spatial
conflicts with ducts, sprinklers, lights, and structure.
• The floor structure is cast-in-place concrete – difficult to core, especially near
columns where the floor structure gets thicker to transfer the weight from the
floor to the column: so inserting additional data and power locations is all but
• Other systems impacted are fire suppression (fire sprinklers), and building structure.

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