Celebration this week will precede closing/expansion of CLP- Carrick
The Carrick community will soon see a dramatic difference in their neighborhood library. In order to serve the growing needs of the area, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will begin renovations on its Carrick location at 1811 Brownsville Road.
To celebrate, the community is invited to an open house on Thursday, April 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. for refreshments and activities for the whole family.
Library staff and designers from local architecture firm Thoughtful Balance have worked with residents, community organizations and civic groups to create a plan for an accessible, modern building that meets the demand for expanded children, teen and adult library services. When completed, the building will be the first certified Passive House library in North America, which will result in an ultra-low energy building that requires little energy for space heating or cooling.
“Our community engagement process has been our most important tool in collecting input from library users, community organizations and other neighborhood stakeholders to understand how they use the library and what they expect from it,” says Julie Kuchta, library services manager at CLP – Carrick. “During the multi-year process our architects and staff incorporated that feedback directly into plans for the new library — everything from the building’s location and design to the programs that we offer.”
Property at 1815 Brownsville Road adjacent to the existing library was previously purchased by the library for the project, creating approximately 4,000 square feet of additional useable space. The expansion will double CLP – Carrick to slightly more than 8,000 square feet. The proposed design is a one-story structure with a mezzanine that includes increased programming and meeting space as well as better defined spaces for children, teens and adults.
The $3.9M capital improvements also include replacement of the building’s antiquated heating, air conditioning, lighting and electrical systems.
In order to make these much-anticipated improvements, CLP – Carrick will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Construction is expected to take one year with an anticipated completion in early summer 2018.
While construction is underway, the Carrick community is encouraged to use nearby CLP – Knoxville, 400 Brownsville Road, as well as any of the other libraries in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system and throughout Allegheny County. Library staff will maintain a presence in the community and continue outreach efforts to schools and community organizations.