New York town completes design on $35 million library renovation

December 5, 2023

City leaders in Bethlehem, New York, are considering a $35.4 million renovation of its public library to update the 50-year-old building, add more space and enhance accessibility and environmental sustainability.  

The proposed updates would add a pair of community rooms that will increase capacity to 250, and build east and west entries for the facility.  

Plans also call for the expansion of the children’s and teen’s library by a combined 8,403 square feet —an effort that will require the addition of a multi-use room, an area for children’s crafts, storage, toilet and a lactation room.  

The completed schematic design also seeks to address the outdated and aging aspects of the facility, including removing asbestos and demolishing the mezzanine that is no longer suitable for the public or staff.    

Plans also call for consideration of a trio of HVAC options to increase the building’s energy efficiency. The final schematic design also calls for two dedicated staff areas and a maintenance room.

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Photo courtesy of the city of Bethlehem, New York

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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