Residents in the North Suburban Library District (NSLD) will see some big changes to their favorite reading spot as Ringland-Johnson Construction announces its work is officially complete at the Loves Park facility.
Major overhauls were made to the library, which serves just over 70,000 residents, in terms of infrastructure and amenities. Ringland-Johnson completely restored the library’s HVAC, electric, plumbing and lighting systems with energy efficient, cost-saving units for each. The library’s Internet capabilities received a considerable upgrade with a new fiber optic network and Wi-Fi availability at both library locations (Loves Park and Roscoe). Computer labs were expanded as well, allowing the library to add more public access computers.
Ringland-Johnson also remodeled building itself during the renovation process. Crews expanded areas of the building to add a reading area for teens, local history room, independent study rooms, auditorium and meeting room. Bathroom facilities on the first floor were completely expanded and remodeled. More windows were added alongside the building for increased sunlight, benefitting readers and the building’s lighting efficiency.
“North Suburban Library District has been an asset to the community for decades. With new features and more comfortable amenities, we hope this will help more folks take advantage of everything the library offers and enjoy this great public service,” said Ringland-Johnson President & CEO Brent Johnson.
Construction on the library began in spring 2015 with plans to complete the project in three separate phases. Ringland-Johsnon was able to condense the project’s work into just two phases of construction and complete the renovations at a more productive rate. NSLD remained open during normal business hours for the duration of the project as crews successfully adjusted plans to accommodate for library visitors.
NSLD will host an open house at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to officially unveil developments from the remodeling project to the public. The event is free and open to all who wish to attend. The open house will feature a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., time capsule burial, crafts, activities for kids and teens and tours of the library.
For more information, visit www.northsuburbanlibrary.org.