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Library construction update

November 21, 2016
Local 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:  

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 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.

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.

Do you have a new library going up in your neighborhood? Project signs will begin to be installed at the new library building sites in December, and these signs will be updated with relevant information as progress continues. In the meantime, visit www.ccpl.org/construction for additional updates.