The Dayton Metro Library has contracted with Woolpert to provide engineering services for several branch locations.
Woolpert will work on branches including Miamisburg, West Carrollton, West and Southeast — as part of the library’s comprehensive facilities upgrade.
The upgrade — made possible by a $187 million bond levy passed in 2012 — intends to transition the facilities from the traditional “books and bricks” libraries to modern community centers with cutting-edge technology, according to a news release.
“They’re redefining libraries and building on the widely held belief that a community with a library grows, excels and prospers,” said Rich Simpkins, Woolpert engineering team leader. “This retooling will take them away from the textbook and make these libraries modern media centers that encourage collaboration.”
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For the Miamisburg Branch, Woolpert is providing structural and civil engineering, as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing.
Woolpert has started structural and MEP engineering work for the West Carrollton and Southeast branches, and is also starting structural and civil engineering work for the West Branch.
There is the possibility of more collaboration as this upgrade progresses, Woolpert officials said. The library is consolidating its 20 branches into 16.
The Miamisburg Branch is set to open Jan. 2, while the West Carrollton, West and Southeast branches are slated to open between July and October 2018, the company said.