White Rock Branch Library Grand Opening July 31

Work is coming down the homestretch on the new White Rock Branch Library and adjacent Youth Activity Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Landscaping is underway on the grounds of the new White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The community is invited to join in the grand opening celebration of the New White Rock Branch Library.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 31 at the new library adjacent to Piñon Park on Sherwood Drive between N.M. 4 and Longview Drive.

Library Manager Steven Thomas visited the new library Tuesday and described the progess saying installation of the shelveing and furniture is 90-95 percent complete.

“We’ll be closing the existing White Rock Branch Library Monday, July 20, to move over our books and technology to the new building,” Thomas said. “We plan to have a soft opening sometime after that, leading up to our grand opening.”

The scope of this project includes the construction of the library as well as remodeling of the adjacent Youth Activity Center.

Project Background:

In May 2010, a press release was issued by the County inviting individual or group sponsors to submit a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project request via a completed CIP Phase I application. The White Rock Master Plan and Implementation Advisory Committee along with the support of other stakeholders (Library Board, Los Alamos Retiree and Senior Organization-LARSO, and Los Alamos Family Council) submitted an application for a Civic Center (combined Library, Senior Center, Youth Activity Center, and Community Activity Center).

In December 2010 Council approved the White Rock Civic Center Phase I application and allocated $200,000 to further study and development of the project requirements. The primary purpose of the study was to select a site, develop a program of space needs, a conceptual design, and a cost estimate in order to complete a Phase 2 CIP application.

The study efforts, which included several public meetings resulted in Piñon Park as the desired site for an 18,000 square foot new building. The project budget was estimated at $16 million.

In May 2012 Council approved a reduced project scope and the associated funding of $8.4 million, to be included in the FY13 budget. The project returned to Council with a re-defined scope including a smaller 10,500 square foot new Library at Piñon Park, remodeling the existing Youth Activity Center and remodeling the existing Municipal Complex. The Municipal Complex remodel included expanding the Senior Center into the current Library space and expanding the community activity areas into the Town Hall area. In October/November 2012 there were indications of a shortfall in the County’s projected GRT revenue and CIP projects were temporarily put on hold.

In February 2013 Council addressed the possibility of deferring CIP projects to assist with the revenue shortfalls. This project was not deferred.

The RFP for Design-Build services for a new Library and remodeling the Youth Activity Center at Piñon Park was issued June 23, 2013 for qualifications-based selection. The four top scoring firms were selected for submitting a Phase 2 RFP proposal response. Bradbury Stamm teamed with RMKM was selected as the successful bidder.

In mid-August the Youth Activity Center operations were relocated to the White Rock Municipal Complex – Town Hall building to allow for concurrent remodeling of  the Youth Activity Center building.

The entrance to the new White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The area between the new White Rock Branch Library and the remodeled Youth Activity Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Entrance to the parking area for new library and youth center from Longview Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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