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Library facing more changes

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Brazil Public Library addition is facing another round of changes before it can open.

Pyramid Architects/Engineers, Inc., have changed the planned course of action to bring the building up to fire code.

Until recently, the building was being fire rated on a horizontal design, meaning there would be substantial barriers between one floor and another in the event of a fire.

The state fire marshal found fire code issues with the horizontal design during the summer, and contractors have been working to fix those issues.

Many of the code problems were costly to fix, so Pyramid chose to change the plan to vertical, separating the old building from the new addition.

In an earlier version of plans for the building, 90-minute fire rated doors were planned to separate the addition from the original structure, but were cut out of the plan.

"One side of the building needs to be able to burn without affecting the other side," Library Director Jill Scarbrough said.

Now, Pyramid must resubmit the building plans to the state before the doors to separate the two buildings can be ordered.

The state reviews cases on a monthly basis, so it is most likely the library's new plan will not be heard until January.

Along with the doors, the wall separating the two building sections must also have a thick layer of drywall replace window openings, and an office door needs to be replaced with a steel fire door.

There are several other 90-minute issues that need to be resolved before the library can open, but some of the previously identified fire code problems have been fixed.

Fire dampers in the HVAC system have been installed, and bulkheads in the meeting rooms have been re-dry walled and reinstalled.

Also, 17-inch openings above the ceiling in the office space were sealed. The openings were part of an open-return HVAC system.

"It does sound like issues have been addressed and we're making progress, but we're weeks away from being able to apply for an occupancy license," Scarbrough said.

The library board has extended non-residential privileges again. Any non-resident whose library card has expired in 2007 will have library privileges extended for a year from the date of the library reopening.

Scarbrough is hopeful the reopening will happen sooner rather than later.

"We're very hopeful that issues can be resolved in the month of January, but there is not guarantee," Scarbrough said.

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