Grafton Public Library

Construction Report: June 2021

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This is to report on the status of the construction project which is partially funded with Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and governed by the Regulations and Assurances in the application and the grant Agreement.

The Construction Team met Tuesday June 1, 8, 15, and 22, and 29. The Library Planning and Building Committee met via Zoom June 7; Interiors Committee also met June 7.; minutes are online at

Planting beds at North, South, East have been completed. The Library has 116 native blueberry bushes! Trees have been planted at all locations. There has been an ongoing discussion about invasive species remediation and an on-site meeting to review detention pond drainage, slopes and plantings. Landscape scope for the North and West sides is still behind; this work will not be able to be done until the Fall given the planting season. The green roof system was pushed out a month by the installer to the first week in August.

All first and second floor finishes are complete with the exception of punch list items. Glass handrails have been installed on the staircase — this was an Add Alt that the Library Board of Trustees agreed to cover from their Capital Campaign contribution. A discussion was held around the glass edge on the main staircase – it appears unfinished and uneven with no top cap designed.

The expansion joint at new/existing buildings is installed.

Asphalt shingles are completed. Lead flashing has been completed. Cornices are installed and caulked. Exterior caulking is completed except for punch list items.

Column enclosures have been installed at the Main Entrance. Brackets at book return are installed. Copper downspouts have been connected to drains.

The elevator is inspected and complete. All plumbing is completed and inspected. Electrical is completed and inspected except for punch list items. All HVAC is completed and inspected, with owner training to occur in July. The Fire Protection/Alarm system is completed, inspected and operational.

Shelving is scheduled to begin installation on 7/13/21. Furniture has been coming in, we expect some major deliveries this week. • Our movers have committed to July 26 as the move start date.

Final paving TBD per contractor – to be coordinated with detention pond work to avoid damaging final pavement by heavy equipment.

Hard hats are no longer required on site.

The Punch List is ongoing but in good shape. Main subs are electrical and millwork. No leaks created by recent storms with heavy rain/wind.

The Town’s IT support has equipment configured and will be installing ahead of the move. EV charging stations are on site to be installed. Appliance purchases are ongoing. Utility shed is in place. RFID panels are 70% complete, tech will return this week to finish and test book sorting machine as well.

HDC is waiting for the Design team to provide a recommended Roof Screen option to Building Committee, project team to price.

Interim Library: Minimal work identified by the electrician to return building to pre-library use. We will need dumpster, labor, and some finish work to return the building to the owner.

Please see separate, updated cost report.

Please check out photos in albums on our Facebook Page at:

Prepared by Beth Gallaway, Library Director & Andy Deschenes, Clerk of the Works

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