Library work, inside and out

       A “Walking Tour” handout, given to attendees at the unveiling of Jack Ekstrom's donated painting, lists locations in the Old Colorado City Library where structural problems can be seen. Most obvious are cracks or gaps at windows, walls, doors, floors and steps, based on information in the handout.
       The $1.7 million project is slated to occur in three phases, according to Old Colorado City Branch Manager Julianne Rist.
       Phase 1, which began last fall with foundation work, involves the structural integrity of the building. Phase 2 will address interior renovation and mechanical systems. Phase 3, which is not shown in the handout, will improve outside landscaping and the parking lot, Rist said.
       Needs identified on the handout are door and window replacements, foundation stabilization, exterior and interior stair replacements, replacement of the boiler with an energy-efficient heating/cooling system, replacement of the north retaining wall, roof reinforcement, brick and masonry exterior repair/restoration, flooring refurbishment, wiring upgrades and the installation of handicapped-compliant restrooms.
       Exterior window, door and stair replacements are anticipated this summer, Rist said. Money is also available for the other Phase 1 work, but not yet for Phase 2.
       “It (Phase 2) is a year or more down the road, depending how the fund-raising goes,” Rist said.
       The last major remodel of the building occurred about 24 years ago.

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