Chicago Construction News staff writer
Chicago’s Public Building Commission (PBC) is constructing a new Albany Park branch library at 5150 N. Kimball Ave. in the North Park area.
The branch library is scheduled to reopen in August after construction co-ordinated by Wright Construction Services started in August, 2013. The building permit value of the overall $15 million project is estimated at $6.9 million, according to a published report.
Jackson Harlan LLC is the architect of record for the 16,300-sq. ft. branch, nearly 6,000 sq. ft. larger than the previous library. “While the Albany Park branch library worked well for 50 years, it no longer fulfilled the 21st century service needs of a community that is home to thousands of residents,” Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said at theground breaking ceremony.
PBC of Chicago describes the project in details in a subsequent press release after the 2013 ground breaking. The branch will have an open floor plan designed for maximum natural light, with floors and ceilings to absorb noise. It will include a reading room, a multipurpose room, a separate teen space and an attractively landscaped reading garden on the west side of the building.
The project has been funded through the Lawrence-Kedzie TIF District.
“We are excited to be able to provide the Albany Park community a state-of-the-art library in order to better serve the needs of patrons in this diverse community,” said library commissioner Brian Bannon. “I am sure they will appreciate all this new library offers – not only a larger building, but a larger collection, more meeting spaces, more access to technology and a focus on providing the children and teens of the neighborhood with the latest digital tools needed to be successful.”
Environmental features include a green roof, natural light and water use reduction measures.
Chicago Development News reports key subcontractors on the project include:
Electrical contractor: Abco Electrical Construction
Masonry contractor: Cyberdyne Masonry Corp.
Plumbing contractor: Garces Contractors Inc.
Refrigeration and ventilation: Qu-Bar Inc.