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.


lunacydetector 6 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.

Lawrence Morgan 6 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.

KS 6 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!

waka3 6 years, 8 months ago

dude they had beter have lots of chears and computers

Bud Stagg 6 years, 8 months ago

Never seen that many people EVER at the library!

Robert Rauktis 6 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."

TopJayhawk 6 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.

usnsnp 6 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.

Nellane Laney Croan Stussie 6 years, 8 months ago

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

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