UPDATE 2/23/2022 – Construction work at the library building is coming to a close. Lighting installations are nearly complete and window installation in the Children’s Room should be finished by the end of this week. Progress on the first floor restrooms continues. The plumbing work should be finished in about a week, but partitions will take a little bit longer to be fabricated and installed. They should be installed in March.
Installation of the tile flooring in the lobby and circulation desk area is scheduled for the first week of March. Other flooring and furniture should be installed by the end of March or beginning of April. Our general contractor has been punctual all the way through. These delays are with carpeting and furniture that are separate from the construction contract. These items were ordered in October and initially had a January ship date, but supply chain issues have led to these delivery delays.
The lease at our temporary site has been extended through 3/31/2022 with an option to extend into April if needed. We are very grateful to our landlord for being flexible and accommodating. We look forward to reopening our renovated building at 200 Glen Ave in the next 6 – 8 weeks.
UPDATE 1/14/2022 – The big news is that the Board of Trustees approved the renovation of the 1st floor restrooms at the December meeting. The restrooms will be fully renovated and one additional toilet will be added to the women’s restroom.
New walls are up and are painted. Some new interior doors have been installed. The entire first floor has been painted. The adult side has been painted up to the wall-mounted sound baffles. Floor trenches have been filled in. HVAC improvements, including new ductwork and diffusers, are done. The gallery wall has been prepped and will have a new flexible membrane installed on the surface. Most of the new lighting was delivered Thurs 1/6 and installation is ongoing. Flooring for the staff workroom is complete. Computer and network cabling is ongoing and will likely be finished within the next two weeks.
The new windows for the Children’s Room are scheduled to be delivered in January and will be installed ASAP. The exterior wall has been modified and is ready to accept the new windows as soon as they come in. They will be trimmed out right after installation.
Upcoming tasks include carpet installation, furniture delivery & installation, and artwork installation for the Children’s Room thematic entrance and window wall.
At this time, we are looking at a late-February move back to 200 Glen Avenue. Our lease at the temporary site runs through 2/28/2022.
UPDATE 12/15/2021 – The library building at 200 Glen Ave is now closed for a major renovation – its first renovation of this scale since the building opened over 44 years ago. Walls have been knocked down between the children’s room and the adjacent office and staff workroom. New framing is being installed and, in the end, the children’s room will expand by about 20% with no loss of public space and without making the building any larger.
The concrete floor has been trenched for new data and electrical. The cuts are between 12” – 15” wide and about 6” deep, reaching down to the compacted stone beneath the flooring. Conduit will be placed in these trenches and then new data cables and electric wires will be pulled. The trenches will be filled with new concrete so that the surface is smooth. All of the cuts have been clean and all of the heavy pieces lifted out without jackhammering, which kept dust and noise under control. All of the concrete that is being removed will be recycled. The chunks will be pulverized and used for road bedding and other construction projects. Ultimately, all flooring will get new carpeting or tile. We are all very pleased with the progress.
The windows have been removed from the children’s room and the openings have been adjusted to accept the new windows that will be installed. New lintels have been placed above the openings and the pillars between the pairs of windows have been knocked down. Right now, the openings are covered with plywood.
Work takes place Monday through Friday. It is exciting to see the progress and we look forward to moving back into the renovated building in early 2022. In the meantime, be sure to visit us at our temporary location: 253 Millburn Ave in Millburn.