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Library construction update

Local residents overwhelmingly approved a referendum to build five new libraries and renovate 13 others in November 2014. Learn more about the library design and construction progress made since then:  
 

The 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. 
 

Quick Facts

Map of building plan

Building cost estimates

Building Referendum 

Through a competitive process during 2016, 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. 

Read on to learn more about library construction projects, and stay tuned to www.ccpl.org/construction for monthly status updates. 


May 4, 2017
  • The West Ashley design team has wrapped up schematic design. A detailed review of the design and preliminary cost estimates are underway. Once everything is approved, the design team will be able to begin design development in late May. 
      
  • One additional building at the Cooper River site (excluding the current library) is scheduled to be demolished before the end of June.
      
  • The St. Paul's/Hollywood design team has finished schematic design. A community meeting is in the planning stages for late May or early June, and details will be shared once they are available. 
      
  • The James Island design team continues to make progress in the design development phase. Meetings are scheduled to review interior design plans this month. MB Kahn, the contractor, anticipates breaking ground at the James Island site in late summer or early fall 2017.
      
  • The County, CCPL, and MB Kahn are in the process of reviewing the culmination of the design development for Mt. Pleasant. This is a substantial assessment that should conclude this month. Once the review is finalized and cost estimates are approved, the team will move into construction documentation, which is the final stage of design. MB Kahn anticipates breaking ground at the Mt. Pleasant site in late summer 2017. 

April 4, 2017
  • A kick-off meeting was held March 9 to officially start the design work on the new West Ashley location. The design team made great progress throughout the month and met regularly with County and CCPL staff. Additional meetings to finalize the schematic design are scheduled later this month. 
     
  • The demolition of four existing buildings on the Cooper River site (excluding the current library) is complete. Some elements, such as concrete slabs, have been left in place and will be used for contractor staging areas once construction begins. 
     
  • The St. Paul's/Hollywood design team is wrapping up a cost estimate review. CCPL anticipates that this team will hold a community meeting in either May or June to present their design work to future customers. Stay tuned for meeting details. 
     
  • The James Island design team has moved into the design development stage. County and CCPL staff were pleased with the design progress that was presented during a recent meeting with design team members. MB Kahn anticipates breaking ground on the new James Island branch in fall 2017.
     
  • Representatives from Charleston County, CCPL and MB Kahn are in the process of reviewing the culmination of the design development for the new Mt. Pleasant branch. This is a substantial assessment that will take about one to two months to complete. Once the review is finalized and cost estimates are approved, the team will move into construction documentation, which is the final stage of design. MB Kahn anticipates breaking ground on the new Mt. Pleasant location in late summer 2017. 

March 7, 2017

As spring approaches, design progess continues on new library branches. Learn more about the current status of each library:

  • The specific site boundaries for the new West Ashley branch have been finalized. Charleston County issued the contractor a Notice to Proceed in early February, which authorized design work to begin at this location. 

  • The demolition of four existing buildings on the Cooper River site (excluding the current library) is nearing completion. Asbestos abatement at these buildings concluded earlier this month. 

  • The St. Paul's/Hollywood design is currently under review by Charleston County and CCPL. Once review and approval of this stage of design is complete, CCPL will schedule a community meeting for the architects to present their designs to the public.

  • Community members attended a public meeting March 6, during which architects presented designs for the new James Island branch. Following the presentation, attendees participated in a question and answer session with County, CCPL, and design and construction team representatives. 
    View the architects' design presentation for the new James Island branch.

  • The Mt. Pleasant design team continues to work through the design development stage. Charleston County and CCPL are in the process of reviewing the culmination of this work, which is a substantial assessment that will take approximately one to two months to complete. 
CCPL anticipates breaking ground on the new Mt. Pleasant branch this summer. The other locations will follow with staggered start dates to evenly distribute the work flow amongst the design and construction teams. 
February 6, 2017

With the 2016 holiday season behind us, the design teams continue to move forward with their work on the new libraries. Learn more about the current status of each library:
  • The County is working closely with Charleston County School District to finalize the specific site location for the new West Ashley branch. The design team is in the process of finalizing initial site studies in preparation for conceptual building design.

  • The environmental permitting process and associated demolition of four existing buildings on the Cooper River site (excluding the current library) are underway. Asbestos abatement at these buildings will begin within the next couple months.

  • The St. Paul's/Hollywood design team presented a schematic design proposal to County and Library staff on January 11. Internal review of this proposal is almost complete, and CCPL plans to schedule a community meeting to discuss this location in April.

  • The James Island design team presented a schematic design proposal to County and Library staff on January 11. An internal review of this proposal is almost complete, and CCPL plans to schedule a community meeting to discuss this location in March.

  • Community members attended a presentation by the architects for the new Mt. Pleasant location on January 30. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session where attendees had the opportunity to ask questions of the County, CCPL, design and construction teams. The design team has been released to begin the design development stage. 
    View the architects' design presentation for the new Mt. Pleasant branch.

CCPL anticipates breaking ground on the first library in summer of 2017. The other locations will follow with staggered start dates to evenly distribute the work flow amongst the design and construction teams. 


January 5, 2017

In the midst of a busy holiday season, the library design teams continued their planning and preparation work. Project signs were installed at some of the future library sites in December. These signs will be updated to include additional information, designs and community meeting dates as progress continues. Learn more about the current status of each new library: 

  • County and Library staff met with the Charleston County School District planning team during the beginning of December to coordinate the specific site location for the new West Ashley branch. The design team is in the process of finalizing initial site studies in preparation for conceptual building design. 

  • The environmental permitting process and associated demolition of four existing buildings on the Cooper River site (excluding the current library) are underway. This will allow for the construction of a completely new library on this site. 

  • The St. Paul's/Hollywood design team will be on-site mid-January to present a schematic design proposal to County and Library staff.

  • The James Island design team will be on-site mid-January to present a schematic design proposal to County and Library staff. 

  • Internal review of the schematic design proposal for the new Mt. Pleasant location is almost complete. The design team will be released to begin the design development stage this month. CCPL plans to schedule a community meeting to discuss this location in January or February.
CCPL anticipates breaking ground on the first library in late spring or early summer of 2017. The other locations will follow suit with staggered start dates to evenly distribute the work flow amongst the design and construction teams. 

December 5, 2016

  • 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.

CCPL anticipates 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.