Grafton Public Library

Construction Update: January 2019

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The Library floor plans were reviewed collectively by the MBLC, the Committee and the architect in mid-December; some minor improvements continue to be made as typically happens during the design process. Additional meetings were held to discuss AV, IT and other technology requirements of the project. Landscape design is well underway.

A working session focused on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) process was held; this is a certification program primarily for new buildings with a sustainability focus. The certification has several levels: Basic, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The goal for this project is Silver, given potential points that are awarded in different categories for things like no-mow lawns, energy efficient appliances, location in a Historic District, and more.

An agreement was reached with St. Andrews church in North Grafton to use their facility for the Interim Library; a more detailed schedule will be developed but initially it looks like the Library will move to 53 Worcester St, North Grafton in April of 2019. A bid package for movers experienced in Library relocations is being finalized and should go out in January. Meanwhile, the Library Director and staff have been busy quantifying the library collection and accounting for everything in the Library that will have to move.

Those involved with the project will attend a Historic District Commission meeting on Thu Jan 17 at 7pm. Library Planning and Building Committee meets at 6pm on Mon Feb 4. Project goes before PLanning Board for review on Monday February 25 at 7pm. All of these meetings are open to the public.

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