Coming spring of 2018!

Building our New Demmer

Steady progress on the design for the new and improved Demmer Memorial Library means we're looking forward to starting construction in spring of 2018!

The new design includes many new features, including a major new partnership with the Three Lakes Historical Society and Museum.

The museum is located directly west of the Demmer Library, and currently is only available to the public between Memorial Day and Pumpkin Fest (mid-October). The new building design incorporates approximately 500 square feet dedicated to year-round reception, display, work space, and climate controlled storage. 

The library and museum will share access to the Local History Room. This will allow us to combine our local history archives and have them accessible for research all year round.

Design Progress

Overall, design progressed quickly as we reviewed program needs, design goals, and the condition of our existing building.

First step, conceptual and schematic design, August - September, 2017:

  • Space needs were tabulated with library and historical society staff, and schematic design concepts were presented and refined over three meetings with the Demmer Library DCC (Design & Construction Committee) and representatives from the historical society.
  • The design concept consists of a full remodel of the existing facility and additions totaling 3,400 square feet.
  • The open-concept design adds additional activity spaces for all age groups, improves ADA accessibility and incorporates a year-round reception area and office space for the museum.
  • The final schematic design was presented to the Demmer Library DCC and Library Board, receiving recommendation for approval at both meetings.
  • The schematic design was presented at the October 3rd town board meeting.

Second phase, structural design, October - November 2017 (current):
  • The exterior design concept was refined and general color palettes were approved.
  • Exterior material (siding, roofing and windows) systems were finalized.
  • Civil, Structural, HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing/Fire Protection engineers began system designs.
  • The preliminary design concept was presented to the Three Lakes Plan Commission on October 24, 2017.
  • Discussed and approved layouts for interior cabinetry.
  • Discussed preliminary interior design concepts.
  • Ongoing budget / cost estimate management.

Where we're headed, December - March, 2017:

If everything proceeds according to plans and hopes, here is what we expect to happen in the coming months:
  • Finalize civil, structural, HVAC/mechanical, electrical, plumbing/fire system designs.
  • Begin interior design and gathering specs on finishings, furniture, and equipment.
  • Identify temporary location(s) for the Demmer Library to provide public services in 2018.
  • Finalize and sign off on construction documents.
  • Receive final approvals on all permits, zoning, 
  • Put project out to bid.
  • Library moves to temporary location (March - April 2018).
  • Construction is scheduled to start this spring (2018).
Fundraising continues!

We've got a great start - but we can still do so much more if funds allow.
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