An open house was held on March 28 at the Heritage Library and License Center to highlight the proposed floor plan along with the interior and exterior perspectives.
The library is being expanded by about 2,900 square feet. This expansion will allow for the creation of a new iLab/Maker space and increase the size of the community meeting room. Other improvements include a more efficient staff workroom, quiet reading room and restroom improvements.
The license center is being expanded by about 1,100 square feet.
Patrons spoke directly with the architect's design team, county staff and Commissioner Mary Liz Holberg.
Floor Plans & Renderings
Open House Summary
Step 1: Needs Assessment (Completed)
A needs assessment was completed and reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee on August 10, 2017. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the needs assessment for Heritage Library and License Center on Oct. 31, 2017. See the Heritage Library and License Center Needs Assessment.
The Board has directed staff to develop Option 3 which will renovate and expand the library and license center by 4,000 square feet. This improvement project will enlarge the community meeting room by 65 percent, add an iLab/Maker Space, add a family restroom, enlarge the children’s area by 45 percent, and improve other spaces for staff and patrons. The license center will grow by approximately 75 percent.
Needs assessment 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 your input.
Step 2: Consultant Selection and Design (November 2017–August 2018)
A request for proposals was sent to design firms in late October. Designer selection is anticipated to be completed in early January.
The project design team will develop Option 3. Floor plans and renderings will be on display for comment during an open house in spring 2018. Staff and the design consultant will be present to answer questions about the project.
Step 3: Bidding and Construction (Fall 2018–Summer 2019)
The Heritage Library and License Center will be closed during construction. Staff will explore options to determine if a temporary space is possible.
Selection of a contractor will be through the public bidding process. A more detailed schedule for construction will be available after the bid is awarded in late summer.
Check back to this site to stay up to date on the remodel process. You can also connect with library on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates. For more information, contact Joe Lexa, Senior Project Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.