Archive for the ‘Construction’ Category

New library taking shape!

From siding to drywall, it’s amazing to see the progress being made on the new library.  Here are a few shots from last week….





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New library gets a roof

Construction workers are well on their way to completing the roof on the new library. The building is going up rapidly. The goal is to get the building covered before the wet winter weather arrives.


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Library walls are going up!

There have been big changes in the last week. Framers have begun to erect the walls and what a difference it has made! You can now get a sense of what the back of the building will look like. This area is where the main adult collections will be housed. There will be comfortable chairs, book displays, and wireless internet throughout.


Looking through the small meeting room and into the general seating area.

Windows in the adult reading area. This will be an area where you can sit in a comfy chair with a great book on a rainy day.


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Working on footings underway

Progress on the new Petersburg Public Library continues. Working on the footings is well underway.  Petersburg’s Concrete Connection has been working hard to provide concrete  for the job.  The catch basins and manholes arrived and are being installed.  Now you’ll start to see more materials arrive on the site for framing.

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Excavation and fill nearly complete

The excavation and fill of the new library is nearly complete. Crews are working additional hours to pour the footings and install water and sewer services.


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The excavation and site work for the new library is on schedule. According to Community Development Director, Leo Luczak  “library excavation and fill is approximately 50% complete. The depth of the muskeg that had to be removed is also about as predicted.”   Utility work will begin when the building pad is completed.  It is anticipated that concrete work will begin in late July. The goal is to have the building enclosed by winter.


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Clearing of the new library site began this week! Petersburg’s Rock-N-Road construction  began excavating the  lot on Wednesday and have been working steadily since.

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday! We had over 100 people attend the event and celebrate with us.  10 shovels held by community members each ceremoniously tossed a bit of dirt to signal the beginning of construction on the library.  From Ruth Sandvik, Petersburg’s own Purple Librarian to Bud Bergen,   a member of the library’s Teen Advisory Group, over 30 people turned the soil on Saturday showing the many efforts of a range of individuals in our community that have made our new library a  reality.

Mary Ellen Anderson, chair of the library board, commented on the significance of the event to the community, “a groundbreaking ceremony is meant to connect communities to their past and future. This groundbreaking is special in that it is a groundbreaking for a public library, an institution that itself serves to build community — it embodies our faith in a better future”. Mayor Al Dwyer also spoke at the event saying of library volunteers and board members who have worked to make the dream of a new library a reality, “I applaud their tenacity and unflappable optimism.  I know they celebrate with all of us at the prospect of a fine new public library right here next year. ”

We’d especially like to thank the Friends of Petersburg’s Libraries for providing refreshments, the PHS Brass Ensemble & Tonya Abbott for providing the music, Orin Pierson for documenting the event, and the new library’s Capital Campaign Committee for organizing this wonderful event.

Click here for more Photos of the event on the library’s Facebook page.

Click  here to listen to a sound portrait of the event from KFSK Public Radio.

Click here to see a short video of the turning of the dirt

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On Monday night, the Petersburg City Council awarded the construction contract for the new Petersburg Public Library  to ASRC McGraw Constructors, LLC. Local companies have been hired for the Civil and Electrical portions of the project and site work is expected to begin in late May.

A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for Saturday, June 2 from 11am-12pm at the site of the new library!

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