Based on a needs assessment, programming and design developed by Daniels and Zermack Architects (previously Penchansky Whisler Architects) the Chippewa River District Library will rehabilitate this building into an 8,000 square foot branch library. The circa 1900s original building was built as a Mason’s Hall on the second floor and two retail shops on the first floor. The entire first floor was most recently used as a pharmacy, but has remained vacant for several years until the Library purchased the building in 2010. A two phase solution is proposed to renovate and restore the building to its original historic character which is seen in the historic photo above.
The first phase includes: reinforcing the buildings floors to accommodate Library loading requirements on the first floor, renovating the first floor interior to be consistent with the historic nature of the building and to meet the functional needs of a library; abating mold in the basement and areas of the first and second floor; replacing mechanical systems; replacing lighting with historically appropriate fixtures that will provide proper lighting for Library purposes; and restoring the front façade (storefronts). Sustainable aspects of the first phase include: a high efficiency mechanical system without ozone depleting refrigerants; reuse of 100% of the building structure, envelope and interior; the use of low VOC finishes; increase thermal insulation; and reuse of a brown-field site.The second phase will renovate and restore elements of the upper level of the building; provide a new stair and elevator to the upper level so it can be utilized as programming space for the Library and Community; upgrade upper floor mechanical systems; additional restoration of the exterior of the building and upper level windows.