Dakota County is planning renovations to Galaxie Library in Apple Valley. The library, which opened in 1990, has had several small renovations but has not had a full remodel since it opened.
Public open house – Wednesday, May 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
A public open house to review the schematic design will be held onMay 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the library. County staff and consultants will be available to show the schematic design plans and images and answer questions. Schematic design images will be posted here when they are ready to be presented to the Board.
Designs will be presented to the County Board in June. Design development and construction drawings phases will be developed over the summer. The project will be publicly bid in early fall.
Step 1: Needs assessment (Completed)
A needs assessment was completed and reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee on Aug. 18, 2016 and approved by the County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 20, 2016.
Information from the public survey, a staff survey as well as assessments of the building were all taken into account in the needs assessment. Thank you for many thoughtful responses to the public survey. See the Survey Summary.
In the needs assessment, several options were developed and Option E was selected by the Board as the preferred option to move forward with in the Design Phase.
Galaxie Presentation to Board
Galaxie Needs Assessment Report
Existing Floor Plan
Draft Floor Plan - Option E
Draft Site Plan
Step 2: Design (April 2017-late Summer/Fall 2017)
The design is underway. A consultant, Bentz Thompson Rietow has been selected to lead the design team. Their contract was awarded by the County Board in February.
Design work began in March. Design begins with schematic design. This phase will result in a developed floor plan and 3-D renderings of what the design will look like. This phase will also develop the plans for the temporary library space which will be used during construction.
Step 3: Construction (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)
The library renovation will be done in several phases to allow use of a smaller space during construction. This temporary space will serve as a satellite space for the library and law library. It will be open until the main renovations are completed and then will be incorporated in to the new plan.
The drive up book drop will be closed during the full construction because it will be relocated during the construction.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2017 and will last about 9 months. A more detailed schedule will be available in fall 2017.
For more information, contact Andrea Weber, Senior Project Manager by email at email@example.com.