For the past two-and-a-half months, residents and visitors driving in and through Kimball have seen a new building arise on the corner of Spruce Avenue and Elm Street. This building, a 4,200 square-foot library, is the result of nearly two decades of envisioning, three years of planning and fundraising, and thousands of dedicated volunteer hours working to complete this historic community project. It is undoubtedly a sign of hope during this difficult time of COVID-19. The new library, clearly accessible on the north and west sides of town, will open and be ready to serve people of all ages, all walks of life, and all abilities in a time when the community can gather again. With proper care, this valued community gathering space is being built to last 100 years.
The building, scheduled to open in the fall, is being built under the construction project management of Rice Companies of Sauk Rapids, Because of the favorable building conditions thus far, and the steadfast work of the subcontractors – many of them local – construction is ahead of schedule. As the exterior structure continues to take shape, a peek on what is being completed inside provides an exciting glimpse of a space that will soon meet the needs of children, students, adults, and seniors.
While no one expected a pandemic to descend on the world prior to the library’s breaking ground, the project demonstrates its durability, and volunteers, city leaders, and project partners remain optimistic about realizing a vision and creating a truly spectacular community asset beyond this crisis. The nearly $1.2 million sustainable building project – whose funding includes a $439,512 state grant and a $560,602 local match – has been a successful public-private investment in our community. A small group of volunteers continues to work on the final fundraising efforts and will share more information on a community challenge match soon.
Project steps in the next four weeks include:
• Delivery and installation of brick and windows
• Stoops and sidewalks
• Duct and soffit installation
• Waterproofing window jams
• Ceiling grids and acoustic cloud panels
• Interior painting
• Circulation, work room and community room cabinet installation.
Building design highlights
• 4,200 square-foot building with two vestibules.
• Prairie-style architecture.
• 3,200 square-foot library space, including circulation desk, children’s area, technology area, staff work space and room, and express check-out.
• 1,100 square-foot community room, including after-hours access and kitchenette with seating capacity for 50 people.
• 15-car parking lot (2 accessible spaces) with green space on three sides.
More information on the project details and building amenities will be shared as the construction project continues, as well as plans for the opening and a grand opening celebration. Stay tuned for plans for the opening and a grand opening celebration as well. In the meantime, for more information on the new library, visit kimball-library.org or email email@example.com.