UH Library prepares for September renovation start
The University Heights Library is slated to close for renovation on Sept. 6, and it will remain closed throughout most of 2017. The project is expected to take 14 months to complete.
Throughout the summer, staff at the University Heights Library has been sorting through the collection to prepare it for storage. Some furniture and fixtures at the library will be put to use in other CH-UH libraries or sold at a public surplus sale on Aug. 27.
Important dates in the lead-up to the start of the renovation project are:
- Friday, July 29: Meeting rooms at the UH Library close to public use.
- Saturday, Aug. 27: The UH Library (13866 Cedar Road) will hold a surplus sale (furniture, fixtures, etc.), open to the public.
- Sunday, Aug. 28: A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the UH Library.
- Sunday, Sept. 4: This is the last day that the UH Library will be open until after the renovation is completed.
- Tuesday, Sept. 6: The UH Library will close for renovation. (All Heights Libraries locations will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day.)
University Heights Library staff will continue to work for the library system at its three other branches, and will provide outreach services with Heights Libraries' new bookmobile.
The bookmobile, which Heights Libraries purchased in June, will make predetermined, scheduled stops in University Heights during the renovation period, providing city residents with a small, yet popular, selection of books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks.
Heights Libraries plans to keep the bookmobile after the UH Library renovation is complete, and will continue to use it for outreach purposes. More details about the bookmobile will be available in coming weeks.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board approved the construction budget for the University Heights Library’s renovation at its June 20meeting.
The final budget of $5.6 million breaks down as follows: construction costs (“hard costs”) will be roughly $4.2 million, with an additional $1.4 million in “soft costs,” including the cost of land, moving, furniture and fixtures, permits, design fees, insurance, technology and other items.
Heights Libraries hired Lakewood-based Regency Construction Services to serve as the construction manager for the project. Regency will work closely with the library and the architect, CBLH Design, during the final design process, providing construction costs and schedule information regarding the project.
During the library’s renovation, Regency and its subcontractors will handle construction, managing field operations at the site while focusing on quality, safety, and keeping the project on schedule and on budget.
For updates on the University Heights Library renovation, including images of the final design, visit www.heightslibrary.org.
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.