BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — In a world where public projects are often over budget and under delivered, take a few minutes to check out construction of the new Boca Raton Library. The developer says things are moving right along, with an expected opening sometime this summer at 200 NW Boca Raton Blvd.
According to the group overseeing the library and Jason Roth, Vice President of Operations at Kaufman Lynn Construction:
The construction of the new Downtown Library is 65% completed and is on schedule. Major exterior activities currently underway include completing the installation of roof tiles and the pouring of concrete curbs and sidewalks. The interior installation of drywall is completed and the suspended ceiling grid is nearing completion.
The construction of the new 42,000 square foot library, located at the corner of NW 2nd Avenue & NW 4th Street in Boca Raton, will replace the current library, which opened more than 50 years ago. Boca Raton residents approved a $19.8 million bond in March 2003 to construct two new libraries. The Spanish River Library opened in January 2008. The new Downtown Library will open in the summer of 2013.
The new Downtown Library will provide improved services and community spaces. The building will accommodate more than 700 people using study, meeting, computing, and reading areas. The new Library will seek a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
To support patron computing and Internet access, all public computers will use VDI (virtual desktop interface), a leading edge technology for public libraries. VDI will improve patron experiences with Microsoft Office tools and searching the Internet. Other VDI advantages are providing a greener-computing environment, lower cost to install new applications, and a reduction in staff time to support public computing services.
The Friends of the Boca Raton Library donated $250,000 to the City in support of the new Downtown Library and The Rotary Club of Boca Raton donated $50,000 for enhancements to the new Youth Services Center.