Hazardous materials removal, demolition of the front part of the library and gutting of the rear section is tentatively set to begin in August after Forsyth County Commissioners approved a low-bid contract of $697,860 submitted by Demolition and Asbestos Removal Inc.
The final design for a new Central Library is now complete and includes most of the elements included by architects in a presentation to County Commissioners last November.
The new Library will be 101,000 sq. ft. in size and include the following:
“The design is something that we really like, and we feel that the public will be pleased,” Library Director Sprinkle-Hamlin said. “We are looking forward to having a very exciting program at that location.”
Wireless internet will be available throughout the new building as well as self-checkout kiosks. “I think that the building is flexible enough that we can meet the challenges of the new technologies,” Sprinkle-Hamlin added.
The new Central Library is expected to open in the summer of 2017.