Prep work for $5.4 million Park City Library expansion starts in July
City Hall is continuing to prepare for a major renovation and expansion of the Park City Library and Education Center in 2014 and will start some of the preparation work next month.
The overall project is expected to cost $5.4 million and will involve a remodel of the interior and an expansion of the building to the north.
The main entrance to the Library and Education Center will be shifted to the north side of the building from its location now on the east side. The expansion would not stretch far onto the field outside the building, but a plaza might be put between the building and the field.
The inside of the building would be reconfigured to provide more space for the library on the first two floors. A café and lounge area could be put into the building as well. The square footage of the expansion has not been finalized.
The Park City Cooperative Preschool, which occupies space in the building, will be moved to the third floor from its location on the second floor. Matt Twombly, who is managing the project for City Hall, said the third floor will be reconstructed starting in mid-July in anticipation of the preschool’s restarting for the 2013-2014 school year.
A permanent commercial kitchen will be put into the building this summer.
The renovation of the library itself is scheduled to start in February. The timing puts the start just after the Sundance Film Festival, which operates a screening room in the Library and Education Center. The work is expected to take 12 to 15 months.
It has not been decided whether the library will remain in the building during the work or be moved elsewhere while the renovation and expansion is underway.
The Library and Education Center is one of Park City’s beloved historic buildings and was once known as the Carl Winters Building. It was built as a school. The historic walls on the north and west sides of the building will be further exposed as part of the renovation in an effort to display the history.
An open house about the renovation and expansion is scheduled on Tuesday. It will run from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Room 205 of the building. City Hall staffers and representatives from the architectural firm hired to draft the designs are expected to be available at the event.
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