Despite the cold and snow, progress is continuing steadily for construction of the new, $21.8 million Geneva Public Library at 227 S. Seventh St.
The library reports that construction crews are backfilling the foundation, drilling holes for the geothermal system that will heat and cool the new building, and preparing for more steel work.
The geothermal work is expected to take another month. Steel installation should begin this month and continue into December.
When finished, the 57,000-square-foot building will have 76 off-street parking spaces, a drive-up window, a variety of meeting areas, a community art gallery, and outdoor reading spaces.
The library will feature an enhanced children’s area with developmentally appropriate collections, play areas, and learning opportunities for children from birth through eighth grade.
Teens and adults will have access to a variety of library materials and enjoy spending time in the quiet reading and study spaces.
Additionally, library service will be expanded to include new opportunities for collaborating, using technology, and experimenting in lab spaces.
Residents approved a $21.8 million building bond for the new library in an April 2017 referendum. The Geneva Plan Commission and Geneva City Council unanimously approved the new library plans following public hearings held in 2018.
Library officials held a groundbreaking ceremony in July 2018, and in August, IHC Construction Companies of Elgin began work on the new library.
The goal is a prospective opening date in the fall of 2019.
Visit www.gpldnewbuilding.org for a comprehensive overview of the plans for the new library and regular updates on progress.
SOURCE: Geneva Public Library news release