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SITUATION:

Providence Public Library (PPL) selected BOND as construction manager for the state’s largest-ever public library renovation. The $25 million project will transform the Library’s 1950s wing, auditorium, and special collection areas to provide 21st-century library services for Providence and Rhode Island residents. The 83,000-square foot renovation will address required life safety systems upgrades and make major infrastructure improvements to PPL’s downtown buildings (150 Empire Street). The project began September 2018 and will take place in stages over approximately 15 months.

CHALLENGES:

  • Maintain an aggressive schedule to deliver renovations by late 2019 or early 2020
  • Minimize disruption to an active library during construction
  • Manage logistical challenges of a tight site in a busy area of the city
  • Significant structural modifications to create a new atrium as well as upgrades to the building’s mechanical systems

SOLUTIONS:

  • Utilize laser scanning technology to accurately confirm existing conditions and provide a level of certainty regarding MEP modifications
  • Creation of detail mitigation plans and protocols to ensure safe conditions
  • Multi-phased approach will allow renovations to be constructed without disrupting library activities
  • Work with PPL and design team to develop a detailed schedule for preconstruction & construction to prepare the building for modifications
  • Use of Lean construction practices that will minimize disturbances to pedestrian and vehicular traffic by utilizing “Just-In-Time” delivery strategies to get materials to the project when they’re needed

RESULTS:

  • Deliver a modern, open, public learning space and creative center in the heart of the city
  • New space will be warm and engaging with new pedestrian flow and a new multi-story atrium
  • Deliver upon PPL’s strategic vision for the Library – a hub of education, innovation, and personal development for the City of Providence