Built in 1963, the original five-level Capital Area District Library suffered from unhealthy
asbestos conditions as well as major interior and exterior deterioration. Added to this, the facility’s inadequate mechanical and electrical systems made the space inefficient, poorly lit and uncomfortable.
To improve conditions for both library staff and patrons, the Capital Area District Library engaged Granger to serve as Program Manager for this major renovation and restoration project. During the project, Granger controlled both Design and Construction aspects.
To start, the team removed the library’s collection of books and other materials, and redistributed the items among five other branch locations. Granger even built one of these branches to handle temporary services. All this was was accomplished while maintaining the integrity of the collection.
Demolition included removal, and later replacement, of all interior solid birch
paneling to allow for abatement of sprayed-on asbestos fireproofing, and renovations included new fire safety features, increased energy-efficient lighting, mechanical/plumbing system upgrades and completely renovated interiors.
Exterior restoration included white precast panels with cast publishers’ logos,
plus stone, tile and masonry elements.