Champaign looking for contractor to renovate library

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The Champaign Public Library is seeking bids for a general contractor for the interior renovation to the existing 320 sq. ft. space at the Douglass Branch Library. Click here to learn more.

The library plans to remodel an underutilized area of the current building at 504 E. Grove Street and transform it into a new space that provides access to technology and cultivates creativity in our community.

“We welcome the chance to focus on developing new resources at the Douglass Branch,” said Library Director Brittany Millington. “And with the generous support of the Library Foundation and Library Friends, project funding is already in place. Design footprint and materials are currently being discussed.”

With a focus on sustainability, the materials under consideration—for example the acoustic panels in the recording booth—are made from recycled denim, plastic bottles, and scraps from upholstery and jeans factories.

The new creative space will offer innovative tech and programming resources, including a recording booth, for community members to enjoy and learn about while visiting the Douglass Branch.

Product Architecture + Design will design the space.

The existing 6,000 sq. ft. Douglass Branch opened in June 1997. The building was designed by Olsen + Associates and is located at the south edge of Douglass Park at 504 E. Grove St.

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