Copies of a pre-design document that outlines for architects the space and needs for a new main public library in Salt Lake City are available for public inspection at all city library locations.
Individual copies of the "Needs Assessment & Planning Parameters and Functional Program" may be purchased for $20 at the main library's business office, 209 E. 500 South.The detailed written study, which is the basis for part of the planning for an $84 million, 20-year general obligation city bond election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, outlines functional specifications for a new library.
It was prepared by RPG Partnership, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based firm hired earlier this year by the city library board, which received the report several weeks ago..
The document will provide architectural and design teams with an understanding of the activities and facilities required in a new main library. And it outlines criteria to be addressed during the design process, library officials say.
The library board, headed by Kenneth Luker, hired RPG Partnership to develop a building program after voting unanimously last year to build a new main library. Board members voted after reviewing results of a space needs study conducted in 1997 by out-of-state library consultants.
Studies showed numerous deficiencies with the main library, officials said. They say collections have outgrown available space. Dedicated parking is nonexistent, and nearby parking is extremely limited. Officials say the existing library, furnishings and equipment are considerably worn after more than 30 years of heavy public use.
Further, they say that mechanical, electrical, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems need upgrading or replacement. And they maintain that the current library was not designed for the extensive wiring necessary for current and future technological equipment. In addition, officials say the current library does not meet present seismic requirements and that any substantial remodeling or expansion would require asbestos abatement.
After reviewing several options and solutions, the library board voted last August to build a new 200,000-square-foot library on the same block as the present library.
The board also recommended that the existing five-story library building remain, if at all possible, and are seeking an acceptable use for the structure.
Salt Lake City Council members and Mayor Deedee Corradini have endorsed plans for a new library and other projects on block immediately east of the City-County Building.
The $84 million bond would cover the cost of a new main library; parking for 700 vehicles (300 or more spaces dedicated exclusively to library patrons); demolition of all the buildings on the block except the existing library; an outdoor plaza for community events sponsored by the library and other cultural organizations that do not occupy the block; expansion of the Sprague and Foothill Branch libraries; and re-place-ment of the heating and cooling plant that serves the entire library block and the City-County Building.
More information is available by calling the library, 524-8200.