December 5, 2016
residents overwhelmingly approved a referendum to build five new libraries
and renovate thirteen others in November 2014. Learn more about the
progress made since then:
first phase of the overall project involved soliciting community input for
the five new library locations. One of CCPL’s top priorities during this
process involved obtaining practical information from public library users.
During fall 2015, community meetings were held in each region slated to
receive a new library facility. Residents turned out in large numbers to
share their opinions. CCPL staff, along with an architectural consulting
team, compiled all the feedback received during this process. While similar
comments were made at all locations, residents also shared wonderful
stories about what makes each community unique.
a competitive process this year, the County decided to pursue a Design-Build
plan for the design and construction of the new libraries. This means that
the County selects a general contractor who
then selects the architects for each project. The resulting design
teams ensure that the final product represents each specific
community and that construction consistency is maintained across locations
for ease and affordability of future maintenance.
Here is a brief update on
the status of each of the new libraries:
The County is working closely with Charleston County School District on the new West Ashley location.
The Sherriff's complex on the Cooper River replacement site is set to be demolished this winter, and a future round of demolition will allow for the construction of a completely new facility.
While civil engineers develop a St. Paul's/Hollywood replacement site plan that supports efficient access to the location, the design team is at work to create floor plans that will enable the branch to serve as a new community hub.
The James Island replacement is in the midst of schematic design, and CCPL representatives met with the design team to review the proposed plan.
The new Mt. Pleasant location design team created multiple schematic proposals for review by CCPL, and they are now fine-tuning these possibilities to meet the specific needs of the local community.
breaking ground on the first library in late spring of 2017. The
others will follow with staggered start dates to allow for a more evenly
distributed work flow amongst the design and construction teams.
Sign installation begins this month at the future CCPL Support Services building and the Mt. Pleasant, James Island and St. Paul's branch sites. The new site location signs will be updated with relevant information as work progresses in order to encourage awareness within local communities about their new libraries. Additional signs will be posted at other branch locations as work continues. Stay tuned to www.ccpl.org/construction for