What is the Future of Renton Library Buildings?
Downtown Library / Library over the Cedar River
Downtown Library closed for renovations
The Downtown Renton Temporary Library is open and located at 64 Rainier Avenue, Suite #A (across the street from McDonalds, behind Banner Bank, next to H & R Block). Holds, Choice Reads, DVD's, and
some public PC's have been moved to the Renton Temporary Location. No library
services or returns are available at the downtown location.
Monday-Thursday: 11am -
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
425.226.6043 = Downtown Renton Library
425.277.1831 = Renton
425.226.0522 = Fairwood Temporary
Temporary Location now open
Avenue South, Suite #A
Renton, WA 98057
Location is across the street from McDonalds, behind Banner Bank, next to H & R Block.
Construction is underway on the 19,500 square foot renovated library at
the current location.
The new library will include more materials, computers, wireless access, and
areas for children and teens.
Expected Completion date is Fall 2014
Architect: Miller Hull Architects
Contractor: CE & C, Inc.
2015 1 26 1 = Workers inside staying dry under the new roof. Sheathing has now covered most of the outside walls where there will not be windows. Walls are about ready for the framing inspection. With approval to cover the walls, drywall can start!
2015 1 26 2 = Parking lot trenches for various utilities are now filled in and trucks can drive up to the building again.
2015 1 26 3 = Duct work above the backroom is now insulated.
2015 1 26 4 = Below the building, some of these marks indicate where xrays showed PT cables in the floor slab. Coring the concrete for pipes had to be done between these tensioned cables. The walls had to be built where the pipes came up, some slightly different than the plan.
Frequently Asked Questions / Information Sheet
10/01/2014 Construction Update:
preserve public safety, it may be necessary to close the topthe top of the pedestrian ramp on the northwest
corner will be closedto
finish demo of bridge girder. We will attempt to maintain pedestrian path but
it may be closed at times.
10/15/2014 Construction Photos: Preparation for the steel brace frames , photo 2, photo 3, photo 4
09/30/2014 Construction Photo: Steel Beams/Structural Improvements 09 30
09/26/2014 Construction Photo: Pile Cap South Side
09/11/2014 Construction Photo's:
09 11 2014 1 Construction Photo 2 Construction Photo 3 Construction Photo 4 Construction Photo 5 Construction Photo 6 Construction Photo 7 Construction Photo 8 Construction Photo 9 Construction Photo 10 Construction Photo 11 Construction Photo 12 Construction Photo 13 Construction Photo 14 Construction Photo 15 Construction Photo 16 Construction Photo 17 Construction Photo 18 Construction Photo 19 Construction Photo 20 Construction Photo 21
09/03/2014: Construction Photo: North side augur cast piles and foundation dowels
Call for Art Proposals
~ Renton Library and Renton Highlands Library
Call for Art Proposals are due by Friday, August 22, 2014 for review by the
Committee in September, 2014.
Requirements include: The entire submittal must be digital
(cd or USB Drive) and include:
- Resume of principal artist and
other key assistants or subcontractors including qualifications and previous
experience with public art.
- Up to five (5) PDF pictures of
work completed within the last seven years, numbered and labeled with last
- A written proposal statement
describing the concept and materials, and proposed budget. (Rough sketches
including scale and location ideas are recommended.)
- One reference from one other
similar art project.
- Materials will not be
Click HERE for more information about the Call For Art
Onsite Construction Update
Installation of perimeter fencing will begin June 25 and trail detour
signs will be put in place.
Site preparation for the concrete piles will begin next week. The boring will
begin on the park side first.
Construction Access Exhibit
Architect Sketches: Entry &
View from the West
Liberty Park Cherry
Tree Information/Update by Terry Flatley, Certified Arborist - Municipal
Specialist, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Manager
Information/Update Photo's (attachments): Click Here
bids were received May 20 and came in under budget. The construction firm CE
& C, Inc. was awarded the contract. The site will be turned over to the
contractor at the end of June and construction is expected to start in July. The
Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permit issued by the Department of Fish and
Wildlife (DFW) for projects on or near state waters requires the installation of
auger cast pilings during the drier months of the year and planning is underway
to install them prior to the September 30 deadline. A temporary location has
been secured for library services during construction at 64 Rainier Ave S.,
Click here to be
re-directed to KCLS Construction Update Page for the Downtown Renton Library
Highlands Library Construction
Construction is underway for a new 15,000 square foot library. The library will be located at Sunset Avenue & Harrington Avenue NE. The new library will include more materials, computers, wireless access and areas for children and teens.
Expected completion date is Summer 2015
Architect: THA Architects
Contractor: CE & C, Inc.
Contractor is working on setting materials needed
for the main floor. Concrete will flow around the cables that will be tensioned
after the concrete hardens for about 3 days. Using tensioned cables adds
strength to the slab, reducing the number of columns in the floor below. The pour is scheduled for first week in
2015 1 27 1 = The
focus is now on the main floor. The Xs (stud
rails) on top of the forms are where lower level columns will get added steel and
cables before the concrete.
2015 1 27 2 = Several
workers are using wire to tie rebar at the top of the lower wall. This will connect the new upper wall to the
lower wall and new main floor slab.
2015 1 57 3 = These black
cables that will be stretched between the walls through the columns, over
“chairs,” under and over other cables and rebar.
2015 1 27 4 = The box on the
left will be removed after the pour exposing the opening that will become the
garage stairs. The saw below the stop
sign is over the garage level mechanical room and will be outside the front
doors. This building corner is in the
old street. The new street will be moved over about 20 feet.
2015 1 27 5 = The elevator
doors will open above the plywood shaft forms.
Below that line will be a sandwich of deep concrete with the cables, then
insulation and a thinner layer of concrete on top.
2015 1 27 6 = This is a
clean pile of the material used for our capillary break. This was used under the garage slab to keep
ground water from wicking up to the garage floor: recycled glass.
Construction started mid-September and is expected to last one year.
Renton Highlands Library project is in for permitting. Anticipating that the
permit will soon be approved, the project is currently out to bid with
submittals due Thursday, June 19, 2014. Construction is anticipated to commence
in early summer.
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re-directed to the KCLS Construction Update Page for Highlands Library
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