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 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27, 2013 Workshop Report
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.
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
First Community Charrette (building project meeting)
On Saturday, June 1, 77 people including: community members, staff, guests and design professionals worked to write a purpose statement for a new permanent Library at Hidden Pond Park. Over eight hours each participant worked to understand and express why Hauppauge Public Library should have a new home. Detailed tweets/notes from the meeting are available for you to view on our blog: http://hauppaugelibrary.blogspot.com. Hauppauge Public Library Permanent Home Purpose Statement Draft - Preliminary June 6, 2013
Community Charrettes Scheduled
The Library has scheduled a series of charrettes* to begin planning for a permanent home in Hidden Pond Park. These meetings are scheduled to take place 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 1, Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, July 27. The location for the initial meeting will be the Hauppauge High School Commons Area. If you are interested in participating, please contact Matthew Bollerman, Library Director. Attendance is encouraged at all the meetings, as one builds upon the next one, but it is not required. *charrettes are gatherings that result in a tangible work being accomplished. Our hope is that each meeting produces answers to questions needed to design a new library facility.
Sandpebble Builders Hired as Project Managers
The Board of Trustees of the Hauppauge Public Library has contracted with Sandpebble Builders, Inc. of Southampton, NY to be our project managers for building a permanent home at Hidden Pond Park. Sandpebble was selected from a total of five firms who responded to a proposal for project management services. The Board of Trustees interviewed each firm and checked their qualifications. "Sandpebble has shown a history of listening to their client," Board President Steve Bard said, "we feel we have the right advocate for us in getting the project completed on time and on budget." Since starting in 1975, Sandpebble has been involved in many successful projects including the Westhampton Free Library and the Longwood Public Library. The Board of Trustees has begun a process of assembling the design team: architects, engineers, and designers. A series of public meetings are being planned for Spring 2013 to invite the community to share their goals for the project and then to share their design ideas. Should you like to be involved in this process, please contact the Library Director, Matthew Bollerman at 631-979-1600, email@example.com or via twitter @bollermn
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