Library Expansion Plan
The Meredith Public Library was cited for life/safety code violations in 2011 which instigated several years of research by the Board of Library Trustees including: surveys of the community, a dozen public outreach meetings, a historic building assessment, space planning study, institutional advancement and master plans, and the creation of a building program. Key problems identified include: a non-code compliant second egress from the top two levels, non-ADA compliant access within the building, lack of parking, lack of space for collections, meetings and staff functions. The Trustees unanimously voted in 2017 to renovate and expand at the current location contingent on a warrant article passing to purchase the adjacent property for municipal parking. This article passed in 2018.
The Trustees presented a conceptual design to the Select Board and public in March of 2018. Subsequently, the trustees and select board have met many times to discuss the project. All members of the Select Board agree that the library building needs to be expanded and renovated, and have supported the library’s proposed plan for a Capital Campaign.
A $400,000 warrant article for the design phase was resoundingly passed at the March 2019 Town Meeting. The trustees issued an RFQ, interviewed qualified architects, and selected Lavalle Brensinger as the project architect for their experience with libraries, sustainability, and historic preservation.
They have been working with the staff and trustees to refine the original design and this revised concept will be presented at two public charrettes, on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00AM at the Library and on Tuesday, July 16 at 6PM at the Community Center.
The trustees also issued an RFQ for an owner's project manager who will represent the Library during the project. They selected Michael Bruss, who has decades of experience in construction and project management, along with experience and leadership in sustainability and historic preservation as our owners project manager. Everyone involved in the project is excited with the team that has committed to build Meredith a larger, renovated 21st century library.
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Meredith Public Library Front Façade
Historic building and 1988 addition renovated and fully accessible, reducing seven levels to two. New lecture hall to the left of the historic building will be available beyond public library hours.
Meredith Public Library Back Façade
On the right is the rear view of the lecture hall. On the left is the new children’s room and teen room on the first floor with adult services on the second floor accessible via stairs or elevator. A large foyer, patio, and outdoor deck will connect the additions.
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RED LINE INDICATES EXISTING BUILDING