Architects named for Sequim Library enlargement

Audrey J. Powers

SEQUIM — The very long-awaited growth and renovation of the hectic Sequim Library took a different phase towards completion in late August with the assortment of SHKS Architects to guide the design and style of the approximate $5 million job.

And even though it isn’t what library leaders were hoping for in a 2018 bond measure that would have expanded the facility to nearly three situations its sizing, Noah Glaude, executive director for the North Olympic Library Procedure — which oversees the Sequim community library — stated staff is enthused.

“We’re excited about it,” he reported final week. “(This venture) is a substantially better use of the area.”

The undertaking would add about 2,000 square toes to the present 6,000-square-foot making, proving a lot more room for analyze and for computers, as nicely as vitality-economical devices, improved security/crisis exits for the meeting place, an enlarged staffing location and a lot more available loos.

“A large amount of the style and design is to be determined, (but) it will be a comprehensive renovation — and expansion and renovation. We’re definitely stripping out the full developing and beginning fresh new,” Glaude stated.

Tentative milestones would see style and design of the enlargement/renovation finished by SHKS Architects — the identical company that made the main expansion in 2018 that would have enlarged the facility to about 17,000 square feet — this winter. Glaude stated the deal with SHKS ought to be in spot by the Sept. 23 library board meeting.

According to NOLS’ first timeline, design paperwork, bids and the building by itself setting up in 2022, with design entire as early as spring 2023.

The library program, which oversees its most important building in Port Angeles together with the Sequim, Forks and Clallam Bay community libraries, applied for a $2 million matching grant from the Library Funds Improvement Plan Grant administered by the condition Section of Commerce in May possibly 2020. A year later on, that grant came to fruition when Gov. Jay Inslee approved the point out 2021-23 funds spending plan in Might 2021.

Created by point out legislators in their 2019 typical session, the point out Section of Commerce’s Library Funds Improvement Application (LCIP) aims to “assist libraries operated by governmental models, to receive, assemble or rehabilitate their facilities,” in accordance to the Commerce site.

These cash, alongside with $2 million from NOLS reserves that board trustees authorized in May perhaps, make up about 80 p.c of the in general project value, with about $1 million still to be elevated, Glaude reported. (The total growth/renovation value, in the beginning envisioned to be about $8 million, is but to be established and would incorporate resources, labor and layout charges.)

The further fundraising would appear in the sort of a money campaign anticipated to be rolled out later on this slide, he stated, potentially by December. At the time an precise style and design is in hand, the general public can hope to listen to additional about a campaign, he pointed out.

“We’ve been acquiring donations presently,” Glaude said. “That’s variety of pumped us up.”

Donations can be built on line by the NOLS web-site at, or via the North Olympic Library Basis.

With building possibly lasting for the improved portion of a calendar year, he said NOLS staff members are currently looking for a new, short-term home to residence library resources, workers and providers.

“We’re continue to in the approach of identifying a place,” Glaude mentioned.

“We would offer you as significantly company as we could,” he extra, but situations and packages could depend on area and partnerships with other corporations.

“It (the long run house) is challenging to know proper now with COVID,” Glaude reported.

The Sequim Library was NOLS’ most used branch in the course of the curbside assistance-only time in the course of the early part of the COVID pandemic and ranks just guiding the a lot much larger Port Angeles department in terms of use in current months, library officers claimed.

Port Angeles sees far more laptop use based on the actuality it has more computers to use safely as opposed with Sequim, Glaude pointed out — “we can’t do that (computer accessibility) in Sequim, and we know there’s that will need,” he mentioned — and Sequim Library buyers have additional elements put on hold than any other, he mentioned.

Volunteers will be necessary afterwards this yr to guidance further fundraising attempts, library officials claimed.

For far more details about donations or volunteer efforts, e mail to [email protected] or connect with 360-683-1161, ext. 7765.


Michael Dashiell is the editor of the Sequim Gazette of the Olympic Peninsula News Team, which also is composed of other Audio Publishing newspapers Peninsula Every day Information and Forks Discussion board. Arrive at him at [email protected].

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