Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gutting A System

A library nearby closed for renovations in May. It will reopen in the fall of 2015--that seemed an incredibly long estimate for a renovation. And then we saw the gutting of a building. All interior walls gone, ceilings stripped, even the big sign out front demolished. 

Huh. Maybe they were just going to flatten the place and start over... But no. They brought in special supports and kept the walls. It looks like someone's setting up the walls for a gingerbread house. 

The library is in the midst of a physical transformation. What was state-of-the-art in 1975 was not fitting the needs of our twenty-first century community. So over the next nine months they will rebuild, with dedicated spaces designed to better match its people and their programs.

Some days this sounds really daunting.
Other days it should hopeful and exhilarating.

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