School Board Presentation
Board of Trustees Approves Site, Ground Floor and Basement Plans, Budget and Schedule for Proposed Library at Hidden Pond Park
At the January 16, 2014 meeting the Board of Trustees of the Hauppauge Public Library approved a site plan, ground floor and basement plan, budget and schedule for a permanent home for the Hauppauge Public Library at Hidden Pond Park, 660 Terry Road, Hauppauge, NY. These items were needed to complete the schematic phase of the planning process and allowed the Board to send a notice of intent for it's role as lead agency for the environmental review process (SEQR). The Board has been working to this moment since purchasing the property over three years ago. "We asked the community for their input in June and July after forming our design team," said Board President Steve Bard, "we are very happy with the schematic design and feel it meets almost all of the requests from the community." The Board held two sessions seeking comments from the Community in December and January. While some are not shown in the current drawings, Bard says, "The Design Team will be tasked with incorporating changes we heard about, especially more seats in the multipurpose room, after the community has passed the referendum." The project is currently in the environmental review process, a vote on financing the project cannot occur until that process is complete. The Board and Library Director are meeting with the Hauppauge School District to discuss the financing of bonds should the project move forward. The community based financing amount is still being decided upon. The Hauppauge Public Library Board of Trustees will be discussing it at their upcoming meeting. The proposed schedule includes a few educated guesses, mainly the completion of the SEQR process. "At this point everything hinges on the review being completed," said Matthew Bollerman, Library Director. "If it goes according to schedule and the community votes for the project an opening date would be Spring 2017," he continued. "The vision for a permanent home for the Hauppauge Public Library is really taking shape," says Mr. Bard, "the community will be invited to meetings to hear about what is planned for this facility, how the budget was determined and how long until it can open as soon as we are able to schedule a vote." Mr Bard suggested that if there are any questions, to contact the Library Director, Matthew Bollerman at 631-979-1600 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Six Report
On October 21, 2013 the design team met to delve deeper in the design work. Please read the results here.
Workshop Five Report
On September 13, 2013 the design team met again to expand upon the design concepts generated at the last workshop. Please read the report, here.
Design Team August Meeting
August 29 and 30 Workshop Report The Design Team met for two days in late August to work on the concepts put forward by the community on July 27. Please read this report for the details.
How much more per year would you pay to have a permanent home for the Hauppauge Public Library?
The Hauppauge Public Library began operating on October 3, 2000. It has been renting it's space the entire time. The current lease costs almost $400,000 per year and rises by over $15,000.00 each year. The Board of Trustees has purchased a one-acre parcel in Hidden Pond Park to construct a permanent home. The Library has held three full-day public meetings, in which over 70 residents and staff have attended each one, to provide a purpose for the project and goals. The final meeting was to help conceptually design the project. The Board has hired a project management firm, Sandpebble, architect and engineers to help as well.
This is a collaborative process where the community, staff & design team came together over three 8 hour days to:
2. Identify building and service priorities "touchstones" (see here)
3. Create preliminary conceptual design (see here)
The process resulted in over 1,600 hours of leg work necessary to get the design team started.
To build Hauppauge's permanent community Library as a safe environment for all,
In a way that embraces intergenerational collaboration to develop community priorities that use resources creatively, regenerate ecological health, and celebrate diversity,
So that the project inspires personal and professional growth and fulfillment, generates continuous community participation, and enhances the quality of life in the park, Hauppauge, and the world indefinitely.
BUILDING AND SERVICES PRIORITIES
Here are some the most important touchstones from the second charrette. The range of potential possibilities for each touchstone is dramatic but ultimately we will need to decide what will go into our new home.
2) "Connection to the Outdoors"
Currently: "Windows with a view of the park"
We could: Build Green wall in an atrium and a roof garden with a learning station for kids.
3) Functional & Flexible Community Space
Currently: we have 2 community rooms and limited public seating areas.
We could: Large meeting/performance room with permanent seating, dividable meeting rooms & study carols.
Currently we have limited natural light in the library. Many rooms are in the interior with no windows.
We could: Two stories, many windows with good sun exposure and skylights.
5) Durable Building (both physically and operationally)
Typical building are constructed with a 20 year life expectancy on its major components.
A long term view would be to build a building that should last 75 or 100 years.
6) Community & Cultural Center
Currently we offer concerts in the parking lot and artwork on the walls of the back hall.
We could: Sound studio, permanent gallery, dedicated spaces to create, teach and edit music & arts.
7) Embraces IT Inter-connectivity
Currently we have WIFI, public computers and we lend e-readers.
We could: Dedicated computer lab, teach and lend video filming and editing equipment, Make on going investments in technology.
When most municipalities look to build a new building and embark on a capital project they, typically hire an architect, have them draw a picture and ask the public to vote on it with no input. We feel that we have the responsibility of involving the community in the process and creating the library that the community wants rather than building something that the board feels is appropriate.
CURRENT LIBRARY TAX
Typical homes in Hauppauge have assessed values between $ 40,000.00 & $70,000.00. Their library taxes range from about $300.00 to $ 500.00 per year. We need your help to create the budget for the new building and once we finalize the budget we are committed to sticking to it.
When you think about creating a permanent home and all the possibilities for the building and services, how much MORE would you be willing to pay per year in taxes for the new library?
Please click here to answer.
You will need your library barcode or username. Only one answer per barcode/username. The Board of Trustees appreciated your time in helping answer this question. If you do not have a library card barcode and would like to answer, please contact the Director at email@example.com
Design Team Set for Permanent Library at Hidden Pond Park
The Board of Trustees at a special meeting on July 30, selected Michielli + Wyetzner Architects to help design a permanent home for the library in Hidden Pond Park. They join the other members of the design team, including: Project Management, Sandpebble; Site Design, Conservation Design Forum; Civil Engineer, Barrett, Bonacci & VanWeele, P.C.; Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP), Emtec; Permitting, David Emirita and Workshop Facilitator, 7Group.
July 27, 2013 Workshop Report
Third Community Charrette (workshop)
The third workshop for the library's permanent home project was held on July 27. Library staff and community members worked with 2-D models to help conceptualize some of the spatial parameters and other design features for the library's permanent home.
The Board of Trustees is very grateful to the community members who attended one, two or all three of our workshops. In total, 1,624 person-hours were spent at these workshops helping to answer questions for the Board. These included the purpose of the project, the goals, and finally the conceptual design. "We appreciated the efforts the community took in giving us their time," said Steve Bard, President of the Board of Trustees. "Without their input we would be guessing at what their true needs and desires are."
What will a permanent home for the library cost? Tell us. The Board has asked the community over three full-day sessions to tell them what the purpose, goals and conceptual design of a new permanent library should be. But what about the cost of a new building? Please come to the Library at any of the following days and times to talk with the Board or Director about this very question. You will be asked after a short presentation to answer the following: How much more would you be willing to pay per year in library taxes for the new Library?The Board or Director will be available:
Helpful information for you to have in relation to this question is how much you currently pay in library tax, and your assessed valuation. Tax bill summaries were recently mailed to Town of Islip residents, and your Library tax and assessed valuation are included on that document. You can also sign up at the Town of Islip web site to view that data online; start by going to http://www.townofislip-ny.gov/departments/receiver-of-taxes
Once the Board collects and reviews your responses, it can make an informed decision about how much the community is willing to spend on a permanent home for the Hauppauge Public Library. Your responses are not binding on you and do not in any way suggest approval for a bond or referendum.
Please stop by and let the Board know how you feel about paying for a new Library. You definitely have a voice in this important project, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Second Community Charrette
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