Once the entire building project is complete, including Union and Hermann, the library system’s overall size will have increased from less than 42,000 square feet to more than 84,000 square feet.
On February 6, the Scenic Regional Library Board of Trustees selected JEMA and SAPP Design Architecture as the architects for the project. JEMA is located in St. Louis and SAPP Design in Springfield. John Mueller, managing partner of JEMA, has owned a residence in Rosebud for decades. The group has previously designed many public libraries throughout Missouri, notably the Woodneath Library Center in Kansas City for Mid-Continent Public Library and Joplin Public Library. A contract with the firm was approved by the Board at their March 15 meeting.
The architectural firms will partner with Cochran Engineering, located in Union, Missouri, as the project’s civil engineer. Alper Audi, Inc., with offices in St. Louis, will be the project’s structural engineers; BRiC Partmership, located in Kirkwood, will serve as consulting engineers. The design and engineering work for all seven locations is expected to be completed and approved by the Library Board by the end of 2016.
In 2015, Scenic Regional Library contracted with Bostwick Design Partnership to determine the sizes of the new buildings while remaining within the library’s project budget. The square footage estimates were primarily based on the population within a 7-10 minute driving distance of each community.
Phase I of the building project will include Wright City, New Haven and Owensville. The library plans to break ground in early 2017 on the three facilities. The new buildings are expected to be complete by the fall of 2017.
In New Haven, the new branch will be built on a 1.5-acre site located on Douglas Street, past the Boondocker Inn. The property was donated to the library by long-time resident Agnes Meyer in June 2015. The current branch is 1,500 square feet; the new facility will be 4,500 square feet.
The new Wright City branch will be constructed on a 1.3-acre lot purchased from the Wright City R-II School District in August 2015. The property is located on Wildcat Drive, adjacent the Wright City Elementary School. Currently, the library does not have a facility in Wright City. The new location will be approximately 6,900 square feet and serve as the system’s ninth branch. Wright City received a MODOT grant in 2015 which will construct sidewalks connecting the new library with the elementary school.
In Owensville, the new branch will be built on a 1.0 acre site on the corner of Highway 19 and Madison Street, across the street from Save-A-Lot. The site, purchased in October 2015, is a portion of the former Owensville Elementary School 3-5 Center property. The current branch is 2,500 square feet; the new facility will be approximately 6,100 square feet.
Phase II of the plan will include Warrenton, Sullivan, St. Clair and Pacific. The existing Warrenton and St. Clair branches will be expanded. The library plans to begin construction on the Phase II buildings in early 2018. These new branches are expected to be open by the end of 2018.
In Pacific, the new facility will be built on the corner of Rose Lane and Lamar Parkway. The 1.51-acre lot, located across the street from Bristol Manor, was purchased in December 2015. The current branch is 4,100 square feet; the new facility will be approximately 10,000 square feet.
In Sullivan, a new branch will be built on a 1.5-acre lot on Cumberland Way. The site is located in the area behind Walmart, a short distance from Springfield Avenue. The property was purchased in February 2016 from the First Presbyterian Church. The existing branch is 3,000 square feet; the new facility will be approximately 9,800 square feet.
In Warrenton, the library will expand the existing building. The addition will increase the size of the branch from 9,000 square feet to approximately 12,000 square feet. The library purchased a .5-acre lot adjacent the branch for additional parking in May 2015.
A 0.27-acre vacant lot and a house on an additional 0.173-acre lot were purchased adjacent the existing St. Clair branch in August 2015. The house will be demolished. The branch will be expanded significantly and additional off-street parking added. The addition will increase the size of the branch from 4,500 square feet to approximately 9,100 square feet.