Monday, October 26, 2009

How Do You Envision Austin's New Central Library?

The Austin Public Library Commission invites the Austin community to attend Public Input Meetings for the new Central Library with the architectural team of Lake | Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott. The goal of this process is to capture the vision, values, and ideas of the community. Your input is crucial to ensure that the new Central Library meets your needs. The following five Public Input Meetings have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for citizens to meet the design team and to offer input.

* Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
* Wednesday, October 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
* Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
City Hall/Council Chambers, 301 W. Second St.
* Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St.
* Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave.

If you are unable to attend these Public Input Meetings, you may submit suggestions online. New Central Library suggestion cards will also be available at all Austin Public Library locations and at City Hall.

Once the public input is collected and sorted, recurring themes will be identified as priorities. These priorities will be considered as the design is developed. The design team will share these priorities and the designs with the Library Commission and the City Council at the project's approval milestones.

The tentative schedule for the new Central Library project is as follows:

* September 2009 ~ Design Team Consultant Contract Finalized
* November 2009 ~ Citizen Input/Programming Process Initiated
* April 2010 ~ Construction Manager at Risk Contract Executed
* May 2010 ~ Commissioning Agent Contract Executed
* Spring 2010 ~ Schematic Design Completed (30% Design)
o * Library Commission Briefed
o * Council Approval
* Fall 2010 ~ Design Development Completed (60% Design)
o * Library Commission Briefed
o * Council Approval
* Summer 2011 ~ Design Phase Completed
* Winter 2011 ~ Construction Begins
* Fall, 2013 ~ Construction Completed
* Spring 2014 ~ Grand Opening

For additional information about the new Central Library please call Cindy Jordan, Project Manager, 512-974-7183 or John Gillum, Facilities Planning Manager, at 512-974-7495 or visit

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