Archive for Saturday, August 6, 2011

Forum offers information on new library design plans

August 6, 2011


How many spots will the new parking lot have? Where will the restrooms be? Will the building withstand strong winds and tornados? Where can I plug in my laptop? Any plans for a wind turbine? Has a feng shui expert been consulted?

There was no lack of questions Saturday at a Lawrence Public Library forum on the recently released architectural designs for the library expansion.

“I think we’re getting a lot of feedback,” said Jane Huesemann, a project manager with Gould Evans, the firm designing the renovations.

About two dozen people sat through an hour-long presentation at the library on renovation designs. The forum was an opportunity to get more information about the plans, which were unveiled two weeks ago at a similar forum.

Designers had answers for some questions, but not others, displaying the fluidity of some of the features of the $19 million expansion approved by voters last year.

Lawrence mechanic Austin C. Turney was one of several people with numerous questions.

Turney said that the presentation was informative and that he understood the design “a lot better than before.”

Public forums will continue throughout the design process, Huesemann said.

So far, the project is 15 percent complete, she said. The next steps will be solidifying the design and starting a construction bidding process in early summer 2012. Once crews break ground on the project, the work will take about two years, she said.


niles 2 years, 8 months ago

an astronomical waste of taxpayer money. 95% of the benefit will accrue to city officials. Just like all the socialist shenanigans in Washington. Meanwhile, the government's big fat ass suffocates the private sector under it's morbid weight..

sure it would look nice. we can't f'ing afford it.

Do all democrats carry credit card debt?


heygary 2 years, 8 months ago

Cut our losses! Put it back on the ballot! Outrageous waste of taxpayer money


Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

Needs more drainage and astroturf.


usnsnp 2 years, 8 months ago

Mabey when you ask people if they voted for the library bond, you should be asking them if they voted at all.


TopJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Feng shui?

They'd be lucky to have a Gill-Self advise.

No matter what you do, it isn't going to be as good as Topeka's Library so don't worry about it.


Robert Rauktis 2 years, 8 months ago

Design: Just call the style "Revisionist Sovietski". Lots of syllables and a European sound sell to this audience. Like French dishes raise the price of hot dogs. "Le hot dog."


Bud Stagg 2 years, 8 months ago

Never seen that many people EVER at the library!


hitme 2 years, 8 months ago

Great design for the homeless shelter! I hope there are plenty of showers and a laundry room too.

What Lawrence needs is a parking garage not a an expanded library. Free wifi and access through the internet is all that the library really needs to meet the needs of patrons. Stand up and look around; look at the trend of books, (e-readers, Borders, Amazon). Amazon sold more e-books than printed books this year. Within five years, when students buy their books, they will be buying e-books and not printed ones anymore.


waka3 2 years, 8 months ago

dude they had beter have lots of chears and computers


LJ Whirled 2 years, 8 months ago

Wasn't the vote based on a different plan?


gvnobas 2 years, 8 months ago

I wonder how many jobs this socialist endeavor is going to destroy. This is the last straw - Ol' Barry Obammer is really pushing the limits. The Tea Party will not stand for this. I say We The People protest outside of the current library and burn socialist books (including the Audacity of Hope).


KS 2 years, 8 months ago

The design is still UGLY! I just don't know where these guys go to school? Please don't say KU!


Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 8 months ago

I am for the new library, but there remain some serious questions. First, there still should be discussion about small libraries in other parts of town. These could be, in the beginning, essentially store fronts with a selection of books inside, especially for kids, and computers

Equally important, if the City of Lawrence is going to hire people to design the library at these kinds of prices, they should have the answers to ALL questions. It is not acceptable that designers have not considered the entire process at this point in great detail. If they have not, then other designers should take their place who have.

Third, an audio tape should be available on the Lawrence Journal-World so that people could listen in detail to each question and the answer given. Thanks to Austin C. Turney for asking so many questions. With the audio tape online, we should be able to listen to answers for each question.


lunacydetector 2 years, 8 months ago

they should payoff the architect on their re-used design, then pay for a scientific poll to determine if there were any phantom voters who approved this massive tax increase because i haven't met a single soul that admits to voting for the new library.....that, or have the hounds of kris kobach come to town to investigate if any improprieties occurred in the election, especially since the city allowed an advertisement in the water bill supporting this $18 million tax increase.


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