Construction set to begin in the spring
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
Plans for the renovation and expansion of the Demmer Library are moving forward, with construction to begin in spring 2018. The library’s Design and Construction Committee (DCC), working with architects Jon Rynish and Jody Andres from Hoffman Design and Construction Inc., is meeting weekly to finalize the design details.
“We’ve talked about this for so long,” says Vicki Reuling, chair of the DCC, “and now it’s finally happening.”
To achieve its goal of better service for its patrons, the new Demmer will have a revised floor plan that relieves overcrowding and makes the entire library handicap-accessible. There will be more public computers, three quiet study rooms, and better lighting. Unseen but significant upgrades to electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems will result in a more efficient and maintenance-free building.
One brand new feature is a dedicated “maker space.”
“This will add an exciting new dimension to library services,” library director Erica Brewster explained. “We can work with the theater, the school’s fab lab and other community organizations to bring hands-on learning and drop-in activities to the Demmer.”
Also new is the library’s partnership with its neighbor, the Three Lakes Historical Society and Museum. The northwest corner of the building, facing the Johnson House, will provide the society with space for year-round visitor information, historical exhibits, and climate-controlled storage.
While the Demmer is upgrading and modernizing, some things will remain the same. There will still be a bright and lively children’s room and a cozy Northwoods Room with a fireplace. As Vicki Reuling says, “We want to keep the Northwoods feel of the old Demmer, but adapt it to the changing information environment.”