Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

July 10, 2013

Library meeting focuses on building challenges

By Lana Bellamy - Journal-Times

July 10, 2013 — The public library board asked construction partners Wednesday to put together proposals for renovations to the new Grayson branch site.

Tony Wehrle, from Central Kentucky Design, and Jackie Clevenger, of Architectural Planning and Design, were on hand during Wednesday’s meeting to offer opinions on necessary renovations.

The talks were mostly informal and official estimates for renovation costs are still unknown.

The new site on Main Street, originally the Hauk Furniture building, has been vacant for several years.

Because of the conditions of the building, constructed in 1958, Clevenger and Wehrle pointed out safety concerns the group must address before opening for business.

Currently, they said they would have to include in the renovation plans two additional bathrooms downstairs that are handi-cap accessible.

The library will also have to input a new HVAC unit that could potentially cost up to $35,000.

The second floor of the two-story building is not intended to be used when the library opens, instead waiting to expand in the future.

Clevenger said the roof of the second floor is included in the “exterior envelope” of insulation and building codes. Some repairs and changes would need to be completed, even though it will not immediately be used.

Other smaller matters included the placement of another exit door for fire-safety and retrofitting current lights to meet energy codes.

When renovating, Werhle said he understood the group wanted to cut as much cost as possible, but he and Clevenger believe the renovations will still be fairly expensive.

To help with some of the costs, the library has applied for a number of grants and is looking for other ways to raise money.

The Friends of Carter County Library donation campaign began in 2012 and reaches out to community members asking for assistance in funding materials, programs and professional development for staff.

The group will also accept donations from anyone willing to help with the new building project.