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Peaks Island Renovation Plan – 2017/2018


December 2017

We are happy to share a few photos and updates about the Peaks Island Library and Community Center building project.

Now that the demolition phase is fairly complete, we have biweekly walk-through meetings with our contractor. Great progress is being made! Attending these progress checks are Aaron Bourassa, Karen James and Matt Schweier of Great Falls Construction (GFC), Dick Reed, Reed & Co. Architecture, George Cooper from PPL, and David Onos from the City of Portland. Arthur Fink attends as well to photograph the site for our archives. Thank you, Art!

Peaks renovation construction siteAs islanders have seen, GFC removed the wall on the Sterling Street side giving us a glimpse into the expansion of the floor plan. Temporary walls are now up until the structural beam goes in place. And new concrete will be poured shortly. We are still on a good path to reopen before the Summer. (Arthur Fink photos)

NEW VISION CAMPAIGN: It’s not too late to join the New Vision Campaign to help pay for new furnishings. We are thrilled to announce that we received grant support from both the Davis Family Foundation and the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust to buoy the wonderful gifts from over 350 Peaks households and friends. We are so grateful for the generosity of the Kennedy-Carter family for whom the building will be named. For those interested in participating, please make gifts to Portland Public Library and note “New Vision Campaign” in the memo line of your check.

We continue to look forward to seeing you in the Library’s temporary home in the Peaks Island Elementary School (around the back, up the ramp).

George Cooper visited branch staff Priscilla Webster and Rose Ann Walsh, with islanders Jon and Angie Kelso at the PIES temporary location. (George Cooper photo)


September 2017

The renovation project is proceeding! As we indicated in our most recent update, we completed the bid process this summer. We have now finalized the budget and are pleased to announce that Great Falls Construction is our selected contractor for this project.

While it helped to push construction to the fall (instead of summer), unfortunately, all of the bids we received were significantly higher than our funding level. We have worked well with Great Falls to bring the project closer to our budget. Also, both the City and the Library have contributed additional funds, as have the Friends of Peaks Island Branch Library with a gift of $43,000. We now have funds in hand to proceed with construction in September, as planned. However, we still have a gap to close of an additional $148,000 needed for furnishings, finishes, and site work to complete the project as envisioned. We have begun submitting grant requests that we hope will fill some of the gap.

We are now reopening our New Vision Campaign to raise what we still need, thanks to the dedication of the Campaign’s island leadership. We are also grateful for the ongoing generosity of the Kennedy-Carter family, who have offered a $25,000 challenge match for all new or increased gifts. For those interested in participating, please make gifts to Portland Public Library and note “New Vision Campaign” in the memo line of your check.

Meanwhile, the Branch Library will close on Thursday, September 7. We look forward to seeing you in the Library’s temporary space at the Peaks Island Elementary School as soon as we’re set up, two to three weeks later. The City’s Recreation programming will begin at St. Christopher’s Church Community Room on Monday, September 18.

Thank you to all who have brought us this far. It continues to amaze us how we work together through each challenge and, while this is a big one, we are eager to get to our goal. We thank you for the shared enthusiasm and everyone’s efforts to keep the New Vision in sight.

April 2017

The renovation of the Peaks Island Branch Library and community room is moving forward. All permits are in hand, and the City is queuing the project up for bids in May. We hope bids will be consistent with our budget and our construction timeline to start in the fall. We are doing all we can to keep the process moving full-steam ahead.

The Library and Portland Public Schools are finalizing details to move the library into the Peaks Island Elementary School during construction. We will cordon off a separate entrance, classroom, and restroom for use as our temporary home for collections and small-scale programming. We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership with Portland Public Schools, and this exciting collaboration with Renee Bourgione-Serio and the school.
Please take a look at the finishes boards in the Community Center lobby. The Renovation Planning Committee – islanders, City staff, and Library staff – selected quality finishes that are durable, easy to clean, eco-friendly, and reasonably priced. Hopefully the boards will help you envision the future space.

As always, many thanks to those who continue to support this effort with gifts and pledge payments to the New Vision Campaign! If you still wish to make a New Vision pledge payment or new gift to the project, you can do so securely online. Once you click the link, choose “In Celebration” and enter “New Vision Campaign” in the text box. Thank you for your support of this exciting project!

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