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Cip presentation 8.2010

  1. 1. Wadleigh Memorial Library Addition & Renovation Project CIP Presentation 8.2010
  2. 2. The Need <ul><li>Current facility: 1950 building with 1986 addition. Neither renovated since built. </li></ul><ul><li>Main 1950 structure designed more than ½ a century ago; before computers, libraries used much differently. </li></ul><ul><li>1986 addition designed to work with original building, accommodate population of 12,000, last approximately 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Between 1980 & 1990, Milford’s population increased by 36% and reached 12,000 residents far sooner than forecast. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Since our ’86 addition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Town population has increased ~42% to 15,600 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library usage has increased 232% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From 75,000 checkouts to a quarter million. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We’re serving 30% more people than design capacity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage is outpacing population 5:1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3500-4000 people walk through our doors each week. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We have the 2 nd highest circulation per capita in the state among towns with populations 15,000+. </li></ul><ul><li>We’re smaller, but busier than NH’s urban libraries. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manchester is 8x bigger; we check out 3x as many items. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nashua is 3x bigger; we check out 2x as many items. </li></ul></ul>The Need
  4. 4. What does this translate to? <ul><li>Workflow in central areas prevents efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>Delays in service. </li></ul><ul><li>Waitlists for children’s programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent lines 3-4 people deep at both stations to check out. </li></ul><ul><li>Lines for the bathrooms (and subsequent accidents). </li></ul><ul><li>No quiet space for studying or reading. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Roaming” teens. </li></ul><ul><li>Groups turned away from meeting rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough parking spots. </li></ul><ul><li>Safety issues. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What have we done so far? <ul><li>We’ve planned ahead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On town CIP for 15 years—since 1995. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased 2 adjacent properties for expansion purposes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>39 Nashua Street in 1999 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>91 Nashua Street in 2001 (pd by Trustees) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Since our initial appearance on the CIP in 1995, the library project has been pushed back on at least 6 separate occasions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Made expensive upgrades to reduce financial impact of renovation project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Replaced boiler ($10k) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replaced flat portions of roof ($50k) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replaced half of carpeting ($17k-Trustee $) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgraded HVAC system ($50k) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replaced furnishings in ¾ of the public areas ($50k—Trustee $) </li></ul></ul>What have we done so far?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Commissioned a formal Needs Assessment from a professional Library Building Consultant. </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioned an Expansion Feasibility Study and conceptual drawings from architectural firm specializing in public libraries throughout New England. </li></ul><ul><li>Created a teen space where none existed. </li></ul><ul><li>Created a comfortable lobby/sitting space. </li></ul><ul><li>Relocated & expanded the periodical area. </li></ul><ul><li>Revamped reference space & added wireless access and more public computers. </li></ul>What have we done so far?
  8. 8. <ul><li>Our project was entered & selected for Young Architects Design Contest by the NH chapter of American Institute of Architects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resulted in 5 sets of pro bono conceptual designs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winner has offered pro bono design services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building Steering Committee formed </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioned a structural engineer to determine vertical expansion possibilities with requisite drawings </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioned architects in space planning for current building footprint </li></ul><ul><li>… nearly all at no cost to taxpayers. </li></ul>What have we done so far?
  9. 9. Our options? <ul><li>Pursue the project as described in previous CIPs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pros </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Construction & renovation will be done all at once. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public & staff will be in a construction zone for one defined period of time. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wouldn’t need to worry about future inflation of construction costs for later phases—get more for our money. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project will likely have to wait. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The more time passes, the more inflation increases cost. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Possibility of needing to close to public or restrict services/access for part of construction. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Our options? <ul><li>Pursue phased approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pros </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Could increase workflow efficiencies in current building. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller financial impacts rather than one larger one. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Greater likelihood of remaining open to public. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gamble whether or not taxpayers will approve several different bonds/warrants for multiple phases over many years? (“you just had an addition.”) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public & staff will have to deal with multiple, intermittent construction zones over several years. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work spaces/collections will need to be shifted to accommodate construction/renovation. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. And the finished product? <ul><li>Expanded Children’s Room with its own service desk, bathroom, craft & storytime areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded Young Adult space. </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet reading areas and study rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Large meeting room w/kitchenette & bathroom facilities for after hours access, capacity for 125-150. </li></ul><ul><li>Better handicapped accessibility. </li></ul><ul><li>More parking spaces for library & downtown. </li></ul><ul><li>Safer street entrance/egress. </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient workflow. </li></ul><ul><li>Happier patrons & staff! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Are public libraries really that important? <ul><li>In a recent study in Wisconsin, 30% of patrons surveyed indicated that while visiting their library, they spent an average of $25 they would not have otherwise spent at area businesses. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If 30% of Wadleigh’s nearly 200,000 visits in 2009 resulted in just $10 being spent downtown, it would have generated $1.4 million in revenue for our local economy just last year . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We attract thousands of people downtown each week… without competing with local businesses . </li></ul>
  13. 13. Are public libraries really that important? <ul><li>We offer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A safe place for teens & kids. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to current technology & assistance in how to use it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational, cultural and entertaining programs for all ages. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutoring for immigrants trying to learn English. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent resources in all formats. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home & in-house access to cost-prohibitive databases. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax assistance & access to government forms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless internet and computer access. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A convenient location for public events and meetings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A friendly, knowledgeable staff—several with post-graduate degrees in Information & Library Studies—to help patrons navigate resources to find what they need. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Contrary to popular belief, computers are not the end of libraries. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public libraries began to add computers to their operations & services in the mid 1980s. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since then, our usage has not declined but increased by a whopping 230% (an average of 10% each year since 1986). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers have only enhanced our services. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ My guess is [it will be] about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in search.”— Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology, </li></ul>Are public libraries really that important?
  15. 15. <ul><li>The Economic Contribution of Wisconsin Public Libraries to the Economy of Wisconsin http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Library Use Calculator http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Nashua Regional Planning Commission http:// </li></ul><ul><li>New Hampshire-AIA Design Contest Entries </li></ul><ul><li>State of New Hampshire Community Profiles http:// </li></ul>References & Resources