Upgrades planned for the 16-year-old Five Forks Branch Library in Lawrenceville will help control operating costs and improve efficiency. Commissioners approved the construction contract on Tuesday.
Needed improvements identified in 2007 include lighting, mechanical equipment, temperature control, sight lines, moisture/water infiltration, air quality and lowering overall energy use. The $1.06 million project also includes new carpet, paint and finishes throughout the 20,135 square-foot building. Classic Plains Construction, LLC, was the lowest of eight bids received for the work, which includes disposal of old building materials, fixtures and shelving. Project funding comes from the voter-approved SPLOST sales tax program.
“Our ultimate goal is to enrich the library experience with greater flexibility, customer comfort, ease of use, an expanded children’s area and better use of outside space. The new layout will enable more efficient workflow and building monitoring with an updated staff area that includes an automated materials handling system,” Capital Projects Director Ron Hovell said.
District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said, “This project continues the County’s longstanding support of the Gwinnett County Public Library system.”
Contractors will complete the efficiency upgrade in two phases over seven months beginning in early winter. They will close the building to the public during the first phase of construction that includes the front of the building, the meeting room and lobby restrooms, but library staff will still provide curbside checkout of reserved items. During phase two, many library services will be available in the new front section and in temporary trailers provided by the Gwinnett school system.