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History | Location and Demographics | Facility | Collection | Services and Staff


History:
  • In February of 2007 the City signed Front Range Village development agreement with Bayer. The agreement included an agreement that Bayer would build a 2nd floor library core and shell on a cost reimbursement basis.
  • City developed an initial branch budget, using a Capstone estimate, to include core & shell, tenant finish, tech/telephone, design, APP, contingency: $4.5 million for 16,000 square feet of second floor space. The core & shell portion of the estimate amounted to approximately $1.1 million.
  • In March of 2007 Council appropriated $5.5 million for the SE branch library for design, construction, furnishings, technology, books and materials.
  • In April 2007, Bayer provided conceptual design of the building and a core & shell construction estimate of $2.22 million for 17,415 square feet for the library. Since this amount represented considerably more than Council previously appropriated for the project, City staff returned to Council to request additional funding based on estimates provided by Bayer.
  • In May 2007 Council appropriated an additional $1.1M for design, construction & furnishings, technology and materials.
  • In September 2007 Bayer provided a detailed Design Development (DD) cost estimate for the building core & shell of $2,825,394, an amount $600k over the approved project budget of $2,219,176.
  • In Fall of 2007 the City determined the project would proceed through Council's approval of project expenditures of Library Impact Fees, which will be collected until at least the successful completion of the new branch.
  • On April 9, 2008 construction work was started. Estimated opening date is March of 2009.
  • The City of Fort Collins is in charge of the building process and will turn the Library over to the Library District when it is finished.
Location and Demographics:
  • The library will occupy the second floor of a highly visible, easily accessible building in Front Range Village, a 900,000 square-foot retail center located on the northwest corner of Ziegler and Harmony Roads. The street in front of the Library will be named Council Tree Avenue.
  • A circle with a three-mile radius around the new library site had population of more than 47,000 in 2006, projected to grow to nearly 54,000 by 2011.
Facility:
  • Nearly 18,000 square feet (about half the size of the Harmony Library)
  • Open floor plan that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changing needs
  • Story time room, large multi-purpose/meeting room, study rooms
  • Generational arrangement, with adult, children and teen areas
  • Comfortable, inviting spaces and seating
  • Natural and ambient lighting, sound containment features
  • Low and medium height browser-friendly shelving
  • Environmentally responsible construction striving for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification
  • Cost containment for ongoing facility maintenance, including easy-to-replace, low cost, long life light bulbs; and durable furnishings, finishes and fabrics throughout
  • City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places has arranged for artwork for the entrance of the Library. The artist for the project is Barbara Baer.
Collection:
  • Materials for all ages, with a special emphasis on children and families
  • Wide range of popular books, magazines, music and movies
  • Self service reference collection
  • Specialized library databases and full text online resources
  • Bestselling and high demand adult materials
  • High demand and classic children's materials
Services and Staff:
  • Knowledgeable, customer-centered staff available at all times on the library floor
  • Convenient self-check out and self-help holds
  • Public computers and wireless Internet access
  • Year-round programs for children, teens and adults
  • Open seven days a week with convenient materials return available 24 hours a day
  • Outdoor programs on a nearby green area for 700 attendees
  • Easy access to the greater size and depth of the collections at the Old Town and Harmony Libraries


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