|Where Are We Now
Having a mild winter helped the library building project move along with the installation of the exterior brick veneer, concrete work, installation of roofing components and windows. Interior work continues with underground plumbing in the boiler room, wiring and rough-ins on all levels. Furniture and shelving procurement continues.
December 2016/January 2017
A picture is worth a thousand words. Inside and outside activity abound at 13 Main Street. The roof is up, the walls are closed in and the interior is taking shape. Library staff and the architects have been busy working on selecting interior colors, shelving and furniture. Orders are to be placed in February. Please see our web site and face book page for more photos. The project manager’s reports are available to read at the library.
Lots of construction activity has been taking place this autumn at 13 Main Street. Vertical steel framing is up and placement of first floor slab on deck and basement level slab on grade was accomplished. Backfilling of perimeter foundation walls has been finished. The sewer, water and gas connections to existing utilities have been completed. If you have been by the library recently you may have noticed the roof steel going up and the installation of the roof decking and insulation panels. If you have not been by the old library, it is worth the trip. The project is taking shape and you can see what the building is going to look like.
Construction operations have been continuing all summer long. Site excavation has been completed and the concrete foundation work is close to completion. If you have been by 13 Main Street recently you probably have noticed the vertical steel showing. The concrete elevator shaft is also visible. As we move into the autumn, more structure will be seen.
June 18, 2015
At a public hearing on June 18th, 2015 the Hopkinton Historic Distric Commission (HDC) approves the Certificate of Appropriateness for the newly redesigned exterior of the library.
June 2015: Town Approval Process
Since the May 2014 Town Meeting and Town Election, when residents approved funding for the library project, Hopkinton's Permanent Building Committee (PBC) has been working to refine the library plans.
As the library design development phase is nearing the end, the Permanent Building Committee (PBC) is now focusing their tasks on finding a temporary location for the library. The PBC will also be seeking approval of the library design from various town boards and committees such as the Design Review Board and Historic District Commission or Zoning Board. The timeline to move the library to a temporary location is around late summer or early fall. Please visit this page to get up to date information.
March 6, 2015
"Library Building Plans Moving Forward" in Hopkinton Independent, March 12, 2015 issue. Please go to page 11
Library Design Development Phase
Since December 2014, the Permanent Building Committee has been leading the design development phase of the library renovation and expansion project. With feedback from community members, Library Building Committee, Library Staff and the MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners), architect Johnson & Roberts has been refining the floor plans and exterior design.
Permanent Building Committee Update (PBC)
Nov. & Dec. 2014
CMS (Construction Monitoring Services, Inc.) has been selected as the OPM (Owners Project Manager) to manage the project and Johnson & Roberts is the architect for the Library Renovation and Expansion project. The town received its first installment of the grant money from the state in December, 2014.
Sept. 7, 2014: Hopkinton received the contract agreement from the MBLC and expected to send back the signed agreement by the end of the month. After the agreement is signed both by the town officials and the MBLC, the town will receive the first installment ($900,000) of grant funds.
August 7, 2014: MBLC officially awards Hopkinton $4.5 million in library construction grant. Hopkinton is expected to sign a contract with the state to move forward with the library renovation and expansion project.
Annual Town meeting on May 5th and Annual Town Election on May 19th, 2014 - Update
Residents voted 'Yes" on the Library Renovation and Expansion Project the during annual town meeting on May 5th and the town election on May 19, 2014.
Library project question was ballot # 2 asking "yes" or "no" vote to give the town permission to move the project forward.
1,363 voters responded "yes"
736 voters responded "no"
33 voters left the question blank
Total number of votes were 2,132.
The library is currently # 3 on the waiting list and expected to receive a provisional grant within a year or two. As of April 2014, a $150 million bond bill for Library Construction Grant has passed the State House of Representative and is expected to be passed by the Senate and to be signed by the Governor with the next few months.
In order to accept the provisional grant award, residents need to approve the Library Renovation and Expansion Project during Annual Town Meeting.
Revised Total Project Cost:
In 2011, the total cost of the renovation & expansion project was projected to be $10.2 million and included escalation and project continjency costs until 2014. With the addition of escalation and project contingency costs until 2016, (the projected opening of the new library), the cost is nw estimated to be $11.75 million. With the State Library Construction Grant of $4.5 million and private fundraising expected to raise $1 million, the cost to the town will be reduced to $6.25 million. Click here for the probable project cost.
Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. (HPLF)a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was established with a mission to raise private funds for the expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of Hopkinton Public Library. As of Dec. 2013, HPLF raised about $240,000,000! Read more about the HPLF and it's efforts on fundraising, visit HPLF website.
The Town of Hopkinton was awarded a $4.5 million grant for the planned expansion and renovation of the current library.
The preliminary library building plan and rezoning of library property was approved by a majority vote at annual town meeting.
Cost estimates were developed by an independent agency and the floor plan was reviewed. The grant application was reviewed by the Town Manager. The Board of Selectmen voted to submit the grant application on January 27, 2011. Read the Library Construction Grant Application.
The facility would be a "green” building with a new addition and renovation to the existing building totaling 22,000 SF. A floor plan was developed with two floors and 21 dedicated parking spaces on site. Feedback from the MBLC was received on Dec.16th. The project moved on to developing a schematic design to be submitted with a library construction grant application due on Jan. 27, 2011.
At a Board of Selectman’s meeting on Nov. 9th, the School Committee disclosed that the land behind the Center School that was selected to build a new library will most likely not be available for town use for some time. PBC then started to explore the possibility of expanding the library at its current location to the adjacent lot at 9 Church Street, including renovating the current building.
A letter of intent to submit a library construction grant for building a new library was submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) on Oct. 5th. The architect started to develop multiple design options on the 4-acre parcel behind the Center School. PBC reviewed design concepts with town approval agencies: Planning Director, Conservation Commission Administrator, Historic District Commission, Design Review Board and public safety. Two public forums, on Oct. 28 and Nov. 5th were held to receive community feedback. Library staff also participated in evaluating library floor plans.
The feasibility study was completed. PBC shared the results of the study in public meetings throughout this month and received feedback from the attending residents. A public forum was held on Sept. 9th. Board of Selectmen reviewed options on Sept. 23rd. On Sept. 28, the PBC recommended that building a new building behind the Center School would be the most cost effective option and the Selectmen voted "yes” on this recommendation.
Architect John-Roberts Associates, Inc. started a feasibility study on 4 possible sites:Claflin Place, current library site, Center School, 4-acre parcel behind Center School.
Permanent Building Committee (PBC) was established by the Board of Selectmen to move forward with the Library Expansion Project. The first task for the PBC was to evaluate the feasibility study of 4 possible sites. The committee deliberated on the best option to meet the future needs of the library and to deliver the most cost effective solution for the project.
Public Forums on April 13 and 16.