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Shovel ready at last!

Wolfeboro Library expansion/renovation begins

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Ellie and Katry Casto brought their own hard hats and shovels to join the official groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Sept. 28, for the Wolfeboro Public Library’s expansion and renovation project. They said the library is their favorite place in Wolfeboro.

BY ELISSA PAQUETTE Contributing Writer WOLFEBORO — The groundbreaking ceremony for the Wolfeboro Public Library on Friday, Sept. 28, began indoors so everyone could stay dry, and concluded outside with officials lined up in front of the library behind shovels to take the project’s symbolic first digs. Library Director Cindy Scott took to the podium set up in the children’s section before rows of chairs, to welcome the close to 150 supporters who showed up to celebrate the start of the long anticipated project. Expressions of relief, gratitude and anticipation were the order of the day, beginning with Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Linda Murray, followed by President of the Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation (WPLF) John Sandeen, WPLF Board Vice Chairman and Secretary, Candace Thayer, and Friends of the Library Chairman Nancy Ghirardini. Murray thanked the taxpayers who voted in support of the project, which will benefit the community for years ahead. Sandeen added that the process that brought the project to this point represents 15 years of “hard work” including seven years of fundraising by Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation, which was able to raise $1.3 million in private funds to the $5 million endeavor. Sandeen also announced that fundraising for the Energy Efficiency Fund has brought in $76,000 so far, enough to purchase the windows and insulation of interior walls necessary to support energy efficiency construction measures. The goal of $150,000 to construct a net zero building whose energy consumption can be covered by a roof top solar array appears to be within reach. The WPLF continues to accept donations and work toward that goal. Thayer recalled the steps along the way, beginning with the first study in 2008, the purchase of the adjacent lot in 2009, the commissioning of architectural designs in 2010 and 2014, all steps paid for from library trust funds, and the guidance offered by Public Works Director David Ford and previous Town Planner Rob Houseman as the project worked its way through the Planning Board’s Capital Improvements Program. In 2016, they were advised to use a construction management structure to build the Lavallee Brensinger architectural firm design, which they have implemented with the hiring of Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. The project passed the first time on the ballot, with 79 percent approval, said Thayer, who offered compliments to Director Cindy Scott and her staff. The library is the “town’s living room” she said, and at this point, “I think we’ve really nailed it!” In the next year, all the dreaming, creating and planning efforts will take material form. The library will remain open, and in the future, said Scott, it will be able to offer services that the current space previously could not allow.

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Officials Shovel

The Wolfeboro Library Foundation thanks the Wolfeboro Rotary Club for their $5000 matching grant to the Energy Efficiency Fund.

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(Above) The Wolfeboro Rotary Club matched $5,000 in donations to the Energy Efficiency Fund. (L-R) Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation Board Vice Chairman and Secretary, Candace Thayer and President of the WPLF John Sandeen accepted the donation from President Bob Cain. WPLF Director Tom O’Brien stands at far right.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018                          ESTABLISHED 1859                WOLFEBORO, N.H. GRANITESTATENEWS.COM

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The red stakes mark how close the new Wolfeboro Public Library expansion will come to South Main Street. Library Director Cindy Scott (standing next to sign) points out that the library will now align with other buildings on the street, while providing much-needed addi­tional space to the library itself.

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The conceptual design for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Completion of the approved expansion and renovation is expected by spring 2020.

Wolfeboro library outlines plan for renovation

Goal is to minimize disruption over next two years


Contributing Writer

WOLFEBORO — On March 13, Wolfeboro voters approved the $5 million renovation of its public library by an overwhelming 78.7 per­cent margin. The proj­ect, which involves both expanding the library building and renovating the existing space, is ex­pected to be completed in 2020.

Now comes the hard part: working out the de­tails, selecting contrac­tors and making sure that the library will be able to continue to serve residents throughout the construction process.

Library Director Cin­dy Scott has already begun working with the architectural firm to translate the concep­tual plan into detailed construction plans. This will involve contract ne­gotiations and finalizing many details. Construc­tion drawings should be completed by the end of the summer.

The Granite State News


Net Zero Energy library possible in Wolfeboro

BY ELISSA PAQUETTE Contributing Writer

WOLFEBORO - Construction is slated to begin on the Wolfeboro Public Library’s renovation and expansion in just a few weeks. That’s an exciting proposition for all who voted for the project this past March (78.7 percent in favor), the members of the Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation (WPLF), the Building Commitee and the numerous contributors who’ve shown their support for a more spacious, modern and energy efficient library. Adding to the excitement is the possibility that America’s First Summer Resort could create the first Net Zero Energy library in New Hampshire. As the building committee began poring over the plans in March, discussing every aspect of the project in detail, several people stepped forward to donate the cost of a study by a nationally recognized energy expert. It showed that the projected energy consumption per square foot of the renovated and expanded library plan, anticipated to reduce consumption by one/ third, could be reduced by two/thirds with further energy efficiency modifications. The remaining third could be addressed with a solar array. The cost to achieve that goal is estimated to be $150,000. The budgetary gains to the residents of Wolfeboro from energy savings would reverberate from completion of the project through the life of the building in what WPLF President John Sandeen calls, “a win win for Wolfeboro for the next 50 years.” With construction fast approaching, time is of the essence. Sandeen says, “The time to achieve these savings and benefits for the community is during the extensive renovations and construction. It would not be practical to go back later to, for instance, add more insulation or replace windows.” To that end, the WPLF created the newly established Energy Efficiency Fund, and he invites interested parties to call him at 581- 6090 or send a donation to the Energy Efficiency Fund at the Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 472, Wolfeboro, NH 03894. Donations will be applied to the added efficiency measures.

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A Net Zero Energy library is in sight, with a last push to raise $150,000 for additional energy efficiency measures during the renovation and expansion of the Wolfeboro Public Library. Building Committee leader Candace Thayer, Library Director Cindy Scott, Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation President John Sandeen, and former Wolfeboro Energy Committee Chairman Nancy Hirshberg say America’s First Summer Resort could create the first Net Zero Energy Library in New Hampshire.


Granite State News - January 25, 2018