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Renovation Weekly Updates

Edith G. Craig, Library Director

We are so excited to finally bring to our community this library renovation and expansion! There is so much information to share, including the history of this project and weekly construction updates. Find and follow us via our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest renovation news, updates and photos. We invite you to sign up for our e-newsletter so you are always kept up to date on our library renovation project. 

Library Construction Time-Lapse Camera 

Watch the time-lapse videos of our construction project from May 12th, 2020 through June 28th, 2021.

St. Charles Construction Camera 

What's Happening at The Library:

Week of 6/28

  • The Library is awaiting permit occupancy before we open.
  • A construction punch list is being worked on before opening.
  • Staff are busy training, unpacking and getting the building prepared for public use.

Week of 3/8 - 3/30


Week of 2/22/21; 3/1/21

  • Installing ceilings on the 2nd and 1st floor
  • Priming all of the walls
  • Installing the fireplace
  • Finishing all exterior windows
  • Running cabling for STC Creative and the Computer Lab



Week of 2/15/21

  • HVAC pieces are all complete

Week of 1/22/21; 2/1/21

  • Finishing drywall on all levels
  • Continuing first primer paints on lower and first level
  • Framing The Loft ceiling
  • All exteriors windows should be finished (still have the front entrance and lower level terrace garden)
  • Ceiling grids are being put up



Week of 1/11/21; 1/18/21

Lower Level

  • All Air Handler Units delivered and being installed. All MEP rough ins to follow
  • Bathrooms: Install tile

1st Floor

  • Carnegie Progression- framing soffits, walls, electrical rough
  • Fireplace Framing, electrical is complete. Fireplace installation this week.
  • Bathrooms start tile
  • West and North Side windows installed. Caulking and putting in vinyl.

 2nd Floor

  • Window installation starts Friday 1/8
  • Teen high ceiling framing starts

Week of 12/14/20

  • Drywall starts
  • Roofing continues
  • Masonry (outside brick work) wrapping up this week
  • Installing our main stairs
  • Mechanical deliveries

Week of 11/16

  • Install veneer on the north addition
  • Interior framing/door frames starts 
  • Drywall starts
  • Roofing continues 

Week of 10/26

  •  Masonry continues
  •  Roofing to start
  •  Wall framing continues

Week of 10/19

  • Wall framing/roof infill continues
  • Installing cast stone
  • Window Blocking/Protection
  • Stair #2 going to lower level has been poured
  • Misc interior slabs have been poured

Week of October 12, 2020

  • Exterior Metal Stud Framing
  • Prep/Pour Precast Topping
  • Pour first floor slab
  • Roof framing/blocking (flat roof)
  • Install 2nd floor HM frames

Week of October 5, 2020

  • Start paving Phase 2A
  • Tentatively Striping Phase 2A
  • Exterior framing on 2 story addition
  • Tentatively Install Storm Drain Along North Elevation
  • Prep and pour roof deck at North Addition
  • Start 2nd Floor Metal Stud Framing

Week of September 21, 2020

  • Start paving Phase 2A
  • Tentatively Striping Phase 2A
  • Install misc structural steel
  • Tentatively Install Storm Drain Along North Elevation
  • MEP Coordination continues
  • Start 2nd Floor Metal Stud Framing

Week of September 14, 2020

  • Start curbs Phase 2A
  • Sidewalks to continue Phase 1
  • Layout for curbs
  • Mason onsite to install masonry for mockup
  • Deliver Structural Steel
  • Site demo in phase 2 is on going
  • Install Structural Steel

Week of September 7,2020

  • Form/Pour Reinforce Foundation walls at North Addition
  • Form/Pour Reinforce Foundations for Stairs at Terraced Garden
  • Install misc interior steel
  • Continue Phase 1 Curbs
  • Install West window openings and preform misc tuckpointing

Week of August 24, 2020

  • Finish grade/proof roll parking lot
  • Reinforce footing
  • Mason will be onsite install west new windows & perform tuckpointing
  • Install electrical utility conduits
  • Begin install of some of the new curbs (phase I)

Week of July 6, 2020

  • Install Deep Plumbing Utilities (Water and Sanitary)
  • Form/Pour/Reinforce Ramp Footing/Foundation Walls
  • Continue Phase 1 Site Utilities
  • Continue Phase 1 Site Demo and Grading

Week of June 15, 2020
  • Demo existing stair/mechanical well at existing loading dock
  • Continue to excavate/form/pour reinforce footings at terrance garden and basement
  • Continue asphalt and curb demolition
  • Demolish elevator that was in our main lobby


Week of May 25, 2020
  • More of the exterior demolition will continue
  • Prepping the newly exposed walls from the elements
  • Shoring up the foundation and preparing for new addition

Week of May 18, 2020
  • East exterior wall removed; preparing area for addition
  • Excavating of grounds


Week of May 11, 2020
  • Fence is up and exterior demolition to begin!
  • Abatement work continues inside
  • Still working on demolishing the interior 
  • Construction camera to be up very soon!


Week of May 4, 2020
  • Fence is going up
  • Exterior demolition to start
  • Wrapping up the interior demolition


Week of April 13, 2020
  • The trees we are preserving are being protected from construction.
  • Our beloved VW bus is on real wheels! It will stay in the building while under construction and be “driven” around as needed.
  • The mezzanine study rooms and teen space has been gutted. We are down to bare bones in this space to make way for the 2nd-floor Teen Room!



Week of April 6, 2020
  • The City of St. Charles will be approving our PUD application on Monday night as planned. 
  • Most of the library management team will do a final walkthrough of our building to make sure all of our furniture, fixtures and equipment have been moved out accordingly. 
  • There will be building remediation starting this week to remove any hazardous materials before demolition. 
  • Our construction crew will be prepping the lower level for demolition to begin. 
  • We may begin to see fencing go up later this week into early next week!


For more detailed information about the renovation: Library Renovation Project