Update: The Library Over The River
We’re starting to see some real progress on the Renton Library over Cedar River this Friday, the first day of Spring 2015.
The new roof is up and sheathing curtains cover the outside walls. The new wall is nearing finishing touches on the north side of the building. This is a major remodel with all high energy-efficient systems. I’m looking forward to opening day. If they schedule stays on time it will be finished and open this summer.
I’ve posted about the downtown Renton library a few times over the past couple of years and because I did I got to talk to David Johnston of Johnston Campanella and Company, Architects of Renton. They designed and built it back in 1964.
David was then 91 and living in Sequim, Washington. He called me one Saturday afternoon in 2012 because he found my blogs about the library online when he was Googling for info about the library (now part of the King County Library System) being moved. He told me this was one of his favorite projects. The Johnston Campanella version of the library opened in 1964.
The new library will look quite different for sure, but I’m glad it will sit on the same pillars over the river connected to Liberty Park. Following is a conceptual drawing of the new library courtesy of the Renton Reporter.
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