By DIANE DIERKS
The Brazil Public Library expansion and remodeling project is near completion. The project, which began on Dec. 5, 2005, includes remodeling the existing space and adding on to the south end of the building. Site foreman Greg Kempf of Commercial Interiors said the library will double in size due to expanding both the upper and lower levels of the building.
Pyramid Architecture and Engineering of Indianapolis designed the building plan for the library and Commercial Interiors of Terre Haute is completing the construction and remodeling.
The library will have a new entrance way framed by a two-story window that fills the building with natural light. The original entrance way will be used as an emergency exit only.
Visitors will be able to use a new elevator and the library will be handicap accessible, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Workers have taken care to preserve the interior woodwork of the Carnegie library that was built in 1903.
When the project is finished, the lower level will house a children's wing and community rooms and the upper level will feature a computer lab. Site manager Steve Garlits estimates the library will be completed by Thanksgiving of this year.