Construction is underway for the Tuscarawas County Public Library’s renovation and expansion project of its Main building at 121 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia.
Work on the project began on Monday, October 15th with the General Contractor, The Knoch Corporation, staging work areas and excavating the sites for the first phase of the project where the addition and the mobile services and garage will be built.
The Knoch Corporation is from North Canton. Established in 1947, the Knoch Corporation has worked on numerous projects including several in Tuscarawas County. Ramsell said the library looks forward to working with Senior Project Manager Eric Binsley and On-Site Superintendent Bob Zwick. The architectural firm who completed the design and will administer the project is HBM Architects out of Cleveland. They have worked with the County Library in the past and are well known for their work with public libraries in Ohio and across the country.
“During the first phase of the project, customers will experience work happening outside, but it will be business as usual once they come inside,” Ramsell said. “Programs and library services will not be affected during this first phase of work.”
The full project consists of four phases and is expected to take 12 months to complete. The library will remain open during all four phases and the administration will strive to have the least disruption for library customers.
Through phase one, the library’s North Broadway lot will be open for customers with access into the building through the patio door. Handicap parking has been relocated for close proximity to the entrance, and the automatic handicap door has been relocated to the patio side as well. Book drops have been relocated to the North Broadway lot.