Lanark Alderman Anne Lindsay (Ward One) takes a close look at the samples before the unanimous Council approval of the recommended details at the Sept. 18 Lanark City Council meeting. (PA photos/Tom Kocal)
The Lanark Public Library project is moving along quickly and on schedule according to the contractors project manager. It started with an organized and integrated plan and building schedule. We follow it closely to be sure materials do not arrive early and sit around, risking damage, deterioration or disappearance. On the other hand, we are able to avoid unnecessary project delays or shutdowns.
Community projects often suffer delays for lack of local project management availability, but that has certainly not been the case here in Lanark. An alderman and library board rep have given prompt response and been available on short notice. The details and benefits of the architect’s drawings helped create the work and order-scheduling plan. It is clear that little was left to “luck”.
This week a number of decisions have been finalized, including carpet selection, wall colors and tones, even window glass color, trim and coordination of colors, have had lengthy discussions with the construction committee, architect and library board members prior to final recommendations to city council at their September 18th meeting.
If you’ve never sat in on a selection process meeting, it can be an enlightening experience. Discussions comparing the benefits of floor coverings being applied in six foot rolls vs. carpet squares, the effects of lighting on vertical vs. horizontal trim and how different identical colored pieces can look, window glass colored to reduce glare, yet allow the retention of outside view color as if it were clear glass, and many more common interests in having an attractive, unpretentious and efficient operating public library.
NOTE: While it would not be a good idea to have visitors strolling through the new library and administrative facility while work is in progress, the plan is now to provide regular update progress reports in the Prairie Advocate News to keep you posted.
(L to R) Mike Hacker, Project Architect with Bray Architects, Sharon Pepin, Community Planning & Funding, and Weston Burkholder, Ward 3 alderman, review proposed tinted window, carpet and tile samples, wall colors, and fixture hardware for the Lanark Municipal Building/Public Library.