(Seguin) -- The new year is poised to bring some big changes to Seguin in 2016. One of those big changes will be the opening of the new Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library.
Library Director Jacki Gross says they are excited about the construction work on the new library building on West Nolte Street across from the city's Walnut Springs Park.
"Things are looking really good now. They were able to finish pouring the cement on the last part of the second floor, which means that now all the trades can go in and start working. So they'll start doing the roofing and putting in the glass curtain wall. You'll see that happening within the next month or so. We are actually ahead of schedule at this point. The rain in May put us slightly behind, but Byrne (Construction Services) did some creative scheduling with the different trades that had to come out, so we are now back on schedule. We are still looking at the early summer of 2016 to move in," said Gross.
The new library represents a significant upgrade over the existing facility on East College Street. Gross says once the new building is finished they'll start transitioning materials and other services over to the new building. She says they will have a better idea of exactly how that transition will take place once we get closer to completing the new library building.
"Ideally, we would maintain operating hours here at the existing library until we move in, but it would have to be at a reduced schedule regardless, because we have to move the collection to the new library. There might be a time when books wouldn't be checked out but maybe we would be able to offer the public computers for people to come in and use. They just might not be able to check out books. We haven't actually coordinated all of that yet," said Gross.
Voters approved $14.8 million for the project during a bond election held in 2013. The new library was designed by 720 Design and the construction manager on the project is Byrne Construction Services. The building is being built along Walnut Creek, and will essentially become an extension of the city's linear park space on the creek.
You can view regular updates on the construction work by viewing pictures of the building site. A special EarthCam offers live views of the construction progress, with new pictures taken every 30 minutes. Use the link www.workzonecam.com/projects/thossbyrne/library-seguin/workzonecam to access the camera. A link to that page can also be found on our website, www.seguintoday.com.