An open house was held on Feb. 22 at the Pleasant Hill Library to highlight the proposed floor plan along with interior and exterior perspectives.
The library is being expanded by about 1,500 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 the addition of a family restroom, a more efficient staff workroom, an automated materials handling system, and a 10-person conference room.
Patrons spoke directly with the architect’s design team, county staff and Commissioner Mike Slavik.
Floor Plans & Renderings
Open House Summary
Step 1: Needs Assessment (Completed)
A needs assessment was completed and reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee in March 2017. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the needs assessment for Pleasant Hill Library on Oct 31, 2017. See the Pleasant Hill Library Needs Assessment.
The Board has directed staff to develop Option 2.3 which will renovate and expand the library by 1,500 square feet. This improvement project will enlarge the community meeting room by 40 percent, add an iLab/Maker Space, create 8-person and 4-person conference rooms, add a family restroom, nearly triple the space for teenagers, and improve other spaces for staff and patrons.
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–July 2018)
A request for proposals was sent to design firms in late October. Designer selection is anticipated to be completed in mid-December.
The project design team will develop Option 2.3. Floor plans and renderings will be on display for comment during an open house in 2018. Staff and the design consultant will be present to answer questions about the project.
Step 3: Bidding and Construction (Summer 2018–Spring 2019)
The Pleasant Hill Library 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 and interim library location 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 email@example.com