Thursday, July 18, 2013

What's happening behind the curtain?

If you drive past West Branch, the building is currently shrouded in mystery. Stepping behind the curtain, however, you can see quite a bit of work is being done.

The entire structure is surrounded by scaffolding, to allow for finishing the exterior. 

A close-up of the south face of the exterior. The metal framing will support the tiles on the front of the building. 

Inside, facing University Avenue, you can see the floor-to-ceiling window that will be the focal point for the library's Reading Room, providing much natural light.

Additional natural light will come in to the library via skylights running the width of the room. 

Looking West in the reading room, you can see how high the ceilings are. 
Working on the ceiling in Children's area - note the overhang that encloses the picture book alcove.

 Later this week, concrete will be poured for the radiant heating floor, a major milestone for this project!