Monday, September 22, 2014
Work is proceeding at a good pace on the construction site. Our design team is spending the Fall finalizing most of the shelving, furniture, artwork, and other great stuff you’ll find inside the building. The orders for these items can take a long time to fill, so we’re working diligently to make our selections with lots of time to spare.
This week be sure to come by the Temporary Library on Hesperian. Wednesday afternoon at 2pm we’ll be treated to a visit from the Owls of Sulfur Creek. And Saturday at 2:30pm we’ll host a visit from a 3D Printer! Come watch as a box the size of a microwave melts plastic and turns it into almost anything you can imagine. See you at the library…
Connection point between the new frame and the existing library
Attaching the beams in the corner of what will be the Community Room roof
More roof steel is piling up and tension wires hold the frame steady
Foundation outlines the storefront area where vegetation will welcome visitors to the library
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ben Gomberg, the new San Lorenzo Library manager, joined the Alameda County Library in August. His prior library experience includes 5 years in the City of Monterey working with teens and adults, and 2 years with Daly City managing the main library there. He grew up in Oakland and has returned to the East Bay excited to build connections for the library in the San Lorenzo community. He has experience with designing library spaces, and will be working closely with the design and construction team on the new San Lorenzo Library.
If you’re in the area, stop by and meet Ben.
Monday, September 15, 2014
This week saw the expansion side of the library building really start to take shape. Our staff have been urging visitors to the temporary space to go check out the “tinker toys” that make up the growing steel frame of our future home. We were also treated to an update on the public art project coming to the library expansion. The window panels, designed by Stephen Galloway, will be as tall as 17’!
In the photos below you can really start to see the angles of the expanded library – the sloping roof, the exterior walls, and how it will meet the existing side of the building.
The side of the building facing Hesperian. The front half of the roof will have a different angle than the rear
Closeup on the side of the building facing Hesperian. You can see all the way to the hole in the wall of the existing library.
Corner of the building nearest the fire station. You can see how far out the patio will extend from the building.
The inside of the existing building. Still dark and waiting for exciting new furniture and shelving.
Monday, September 8, 2014
September is here and so is even more steel for our library expansion! This week marked the first vertical steel beams being placed, marking out the future library staff work space. Today I walked over and found that more beams are up around the edges of the future community room (not pictured – check back next week). The construction crew is hard at work getting as much done as possible before **fingers crossed** the rainy season begins.
Dirt ramp allows construction materials into the site
Foundations and steel beams
In addition to all the steel, gravel is piling up for later use
This week also marks the beginning of our Homework Central after school program. This year we are thankful to the San Lorenzo Village Homeowners Association for allowing the use of their meeting room to host our homework helpers. We can still use more high school aged volunteers to work between 3-5pm Mondays-Thursdays and we welcome kids and parents to visit the V.H.A. meeting room during the same time for homework help.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
As Summer comes to an end, San Lorenzo students are back to school and work is shifting into high gear on the San Lorenzo Library Expansion work site. Work up to this point has focused on preparing to pour the foundations and readying the site for utilities (gas, electricity, fire suppression, water, and sewer lines). The next phase of the construction will be a lot more impressive-looking, as the library begins to grow vertically. We’ll be posting new photos each week to keep our readers informed of the progress.
In the meantime, don’t miss our upcoming September programs at the San Lorenzo Library Temporary Space on Hesperian Blvd. (see the calendar)
Steel arrives at the library
Heavy equipment gets rolling on the worksite
Inside the existing library worksite
Workers strip lead paint from old beams
Sunday, June 1, 2014
San Lorenzo Library Expansion
More of the Library bulldozed. For young fans of construction vehicles, don’t visit the old library: stay tuned to our blog and FaceBook instead!
Saturday, May 17, 2014
May 15, 2014! Construction begins at the library building on 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo CA 94580. Stay tuned for updates.