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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Library on Schedule and Budget
(2008-05-12)
Top: The exterior of the new Durango Library

Middle: The tour included an early look at the new children's area of the library.

Bottom: Perins Peak, framed in the west window of the second floor quiet reading room. (Photos: Victor Locke, KSUT)

(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango's new 18-million dollar library is on target for a December grand opening.
About three dozen library supporters, city employees and others received a first hand look at progress on the facility during a Monday tour.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

SILL: WE'RE ON SCHEDULE AND ON BUDGET. WE'RE NOT ABOVE IT OR BELOW IT, WE'RE TRACKING RIGHT AT BUDGET AND SCHEDULE, WE'RE TURNING IT OVER ON TIME AND ON BUDGET.
Chris Sill, Operations Director for the Library's General Contractor, Okland, kicked off the tour with words of caution.
Some of the 80-to-100 workers who are at the site daily were still hard at work as the tour began.
The outside of the 40-thousand square foot building is getting finishing touches, such as stucco, paint, and in some spots, windows.
Inside, ceiling tiles remain to be hung, but paint is going on some walls.
Toby Tatum who is the project supervisor for Okland says the building, which is seeking a LEED green building certification, has proven to be a challenge.
TATUM: YOU KNOW, OVERALL, IT IS A COMPLICATED BUILDING BEINGS THAT IT IS A LEED BUILDING THAT'S SEEKING GOLD CERTIFICATION...IT'S GOOD TO BE A PART OF A TEAM THAT KNOWS YOU KNOW, HOW TO PUT TOGETHER THIS LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING. IT'S A UNIQUE LIBRARY.
TABER: WE'RE STRIVING FOR LEED GOLD, THAT'S LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN FOR THIS BUILDING.
Library Director Sherry Taber, who's shepherded the project from its inception with the help of numerous boards and volunteers, beamed as she walked about three dozen people through the building.
TABER: I THINK EVERY PROBLEM WE'VE HAD HAS BEEN DEALT WITH VERY PROFESSIONALLY AND I'M PLEASED WITH BOTH THE ARCHITECTS AND OKLAND, COULDN'T HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB.
As a painter rolled a pastel paint on the walls, Taber told the crowd about the amenities in the new children's area.
I happened to be nearby as Sue Kraus, Beverly Darmore and Paula Wiseman, all members of various library boards, voiced their approval of the work so far.
KRAUS: THIS IS SO FABULOUS, I'VE BEEN WORKING TO GET A NEW LIBRARY SINCE I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY TWELVE YEAR OLD. AND SO I JUST LOOK AT THIS AND BEAM BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND IT'S GOING TO BE A FABULOUS SPACE FOR KIDS.
DARMORE: THIS IS JUST WONDERFUL AND I'VE HAD A FEW YEARS AHEAD OF SUE.
KRAUS: THAT'S RIGHT SHE'S BEEN WORKING ON THIS LONGER THAN I HAVE.
DARMORE: BUT IT'S STILL WONDERFUL.
WISEMAN: I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. BEVERLY AND I WORKED ON A COMMITTEE MID 90'S, DO WE NEED A NEW LIBRARY? YES WE NEED A NEW LIBRARY.
Library Advisory Board Chair Ed Angus says even a separate effort to raise funds to buy things that weren't in the budget, like artwork and other amenities, is progressing nicely.
ANGUS: WE ARE ABOUT, I'D SAY, TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY. SOME OF THAT'S PLEDGES, BUT WE AGREED TO RAISE 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS, SO IT'S COMING ALONG.
On the second floor, Perins Peak is framed perfectly in the west facing window of the tower window of what will eventually be the Library's quiet reading room.
The city expects to take control of the building late summer, begin to move in with a "soft" opening in October or November, followed by a formal ribbon cutting and numerous events in early December.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.

The Durango library is just one of several new libraries in this area.
Ignacio's new Library opened last fall. Dolores has a new library and a new library is planned in Mancos, to name a few.
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