St. Thomas Public Library is one step closer to moving back home. On Monday, May 3rd the library board was pleased to announce that the contract for our Revitalization project has been awarded to K & L Construction of London.
“K&L Construction has been in business for nearly 25 years. During this time we have built strong relationships with many subcontractors and suppliers in Southwestern Ontario. We pride ourselves on our reputation for honesty integrity and for both the quality of our personnel and the quality of our work.” from www.kandlconstruction.com
Construction is expected to begin within a few weeks, but demolition must be done first. So it’s out with the old – old carpets, light-fixtures and even some walls will have to be removed before the actual renovating can begin.
K & L Construction will be working closely with the team from Chamberlain, the architect firm the board hired on September 2, 2010. The Burlington architect firm has been working closely with library staff in order to create a space that is functional, welcoming and versatile.
“Library design has become one of Chamberlain’s specialties — both in the realm of heritage Carnegie Libraries and newer facilities. Design awards recognize our expertise in this area. The members of our Library design team truly understand the municipal importance and role of the Public Library as a vibrant and unique community resource.” from www.chamberlain-online.com/portfolio_libraries.htm
St. Thomas Public Library has a rich history of dedicated service to the people of St. Thomas dating back to The Mechanics Institute in 1873. The building at 153 Curtis St. was opened to the public on October 4, 1974. The original contractor, Ellis-Don Limited worked in conjunction with Brook, Carruthers, Shaw architect firm to construct the now familiar concrete structure. (For more on the history of St. Thomas Public Library visit our website.)
The current building is getting a well deserved face lift – fresh paint, new flooring, up-to-date colour schemes and furnishings. St. Thomas Public Library will be renewed, revitalized and ready for business before you know it!