Yeomans Gives Update on â€¨Proposed Howard Miller Library Renovation
ZEELAND, MI Zeeland city officials were offered their first glimpse of what a proposed renovation of the downtown library would look like and how much the project will cost.
Architect Gregg Yeomans, of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc., presented prepared drawings showing what the basement and second floor renovations inside Howard Miller Public Library and Community Center would look like once completed.
"Starting with the basement, which at one point housed Zeeland's emergency operations center, the renovation would create an office, a storage room, and a spacious multipurpose room," Yeomans said. "On the second floor, an expanded children's area, story room, and additional storage space would be created in the renovation. Basically, from the north end of the atrium on over [to the north wall] is going to be a whole children's area type of environment. It's a fairly straightforward and simple design."
Being as noninvasive as possible throughout the project by minimizing noise and new construction is something that is being considered as the project moves forward.
According to City Manager Tim Klunder, the project will cost the city an estimated $575,000 and is on track for a beginning construction date of late July or early August. The renovation should be complete in the fall.
In addition to Yeomans' presentation, Library Director Bob Vande Vusse mentioned some changes recommended to him by designers for the first floor that would not involve architectural work.
Removing a reference desk on the south end of the first floor, redesigning the current circulation desk for increased efficiency and possibly adding self-checkout stations were all things Vande Vusse outlined to city officials.