Frequently Asked Questions About the Addition & Renovation
What will I get out of the library addition and renovation?
We’ve designed the right space with the right tools
- More books, DVDs and other library materials
- More quiet space to read, research and study; separated from noisier library areas
- More computers & upgraded technology infrastructure, with collaborative stations for families, groups and classes
- Dedicated teen space for books, computers and homework
- Adaptable and adequate space for educational programs for all ages
- Expanded meeting spaces for individuals, non-profits, student and community groups
- Building & technological upgrades will allow staff to operate & supervise the new facility more efficiently
- Building upgrades will improve our energy efficiency and contribute to county green efforts
- Electrical upgrades will alleviate overloaded computer systems
Why did the entrance location change?
By facing the street, the new entrance aims to create more of the feeling of a neighborhood versus facing a parking lot, which is more common to shopping malls. The Library Board and Town of Jackson support the design as a way to make the library open and inviting to people passing by on the street.
This design also allows for a second entrance from the bus stop and backyard, enhancing access to the building. What’s more, the new entrances and lobby create space between the Youth Wing and main library, which is the best way to separate the noisier youth area from the main wing where patrons may be seeking a quieter experience – a key factor in the building and entrance design.
Moving the location also has made it possible to relocate the handicapped parking spaces so that disabled patrons may park next to the building and no longer have to cross a lane of traffic in the parking lot. The new entrance also features short-term parking on the street, Virginian Lane, for quick drop offs and pick ups. Handicapped patrons and children may be dropped off right in front of the door. This location also allows for easier access to the book drop and eliminates the need to cross a lane of traffic (or to turn around in the parking lot) to drop off books.
How much space did you add to the library? Will it be LEED certified?
The addition and renovation totas 35,000 square feet, including an 11,000-square-foot addition and renovation of the existing 24,000-square-foot building, parking lot and outdoor areas. The library is aiming for green building LEED certification. The library’s existing building systems have been replaced or modified to increase energy efficiency and to handle increasing loads from growing library use, especially in new technologies.
Who were the architects and construction team on the project and where are they from?
Architects: Gilday Architects (Jackson) with Humphries/Poli Architects (Denver)
Construction Manager: GE Johnson (Jackson)
Earthwork: Eiden Construction (Big Piney)
Utilities: Owen Construction (Wilson)
Asphalt Paving: Owen Construction (Wilson)
Concrete: Four Corner Concrete (Jackson)
Steel: Intermountain Erectors (Idaho Falls)
Mechanical/Plumbing/HVAC: Mecho (Jackson)
Electrical: Greiner Electric (Denver)
Landscaping: Wyoming Landscape Development (Jackson)
Fire Protection: Old Faithful Fire Sprinklers (Jackson)
Miscellaneous Steel: Intermountain Erectors (Idaho Falls)
Dampproofing: Elite Waterproofing (Aurora CO) *this was the only bidder
Rough Carpentry: A&J Construction (Washington UT) *this was the only bidder
Metal Framing, Gypboard Assemblies, Acoustical Ceilings: Standard Drywall Inc (Jackson)
Selective Demolition: GE Johnson (Jackson) *this was the only bidder
Carpeting & Flooring: Quality Flooring of Jackson Hole (Jackson)
Roofing: Douglass/Colon (Denver) *no Teton County or complete WY bids
Metal Panels: Douglass/Colon (Denver) *no WY bids
Storefront,Glazing: Deru’s Glass Works (Evanston) *no complete WY bids
Insulation: Bressler Insulation (Jackson)
Finish Carpentry Casework: Willow Creek Woodworks (Idaho Falls) *no complete WY bids
Doors, Frames, Hardware: Colorado Doorways (Denver) *no WY bids
Tile: West Vallety Tile & Stone (Jackson)
Painting: ARTectural (Jackson)
Fire & Smoke Rated Curtains: Powers Products Co. (Cheyenne) *this was the only bid
Access Flooring: AC Floors (Denver) *this was the only bid
Signage: Harper Design (Millville, UT), *this was the only bid
Metal Toilet Compartments & Accessories: PennQuick Specialities (Colorado)
Operable Partitions: Alder Sales Corporation (Salt Lake City) *this was the only bid
Install Door Frames, etc.: GE Johnson (Jackson)
Roller & Window Shades: Colton (SLC) for roller shades LU-TEK (Denver) for auditorium drapery