Building Project Summary
Over the course of many years, plans were developed, reviewed, shared with members of the community for feedback and taken back to the drawing board. At the end of the day – a dynamic, working solution was developed. The new building will blend with the historic setting and provide the community with a modern library to allow for today’s needs and tomorrow’s future growth. . The library including the main floor, lower level and refurbished barn will be 9,706 sq. ft.including renovation of the existing library and our historic barn. The new addition will be 4,040 sq. ft.
The new Sherman Library will retain its charm, special ambience and historic significance as well as
•Improve areas for collections and displays
•Enhance shelving for multimedia collections
•Build children’s program and activity room
•Create quiet reading and study area
•Establish a programming room with access for community usage
•Provide space for young adult activitie
•Expand and redesign staff areas
-Meet LEED Certified Standards ( Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is an internationally recognized green building certification system) with green materials, better lighting and a more efficient heating system
Progress to Date
Since the original plan was conceived, a great deal of progress has been achieved:
1. We conducted a feasibility study to determine community support and the feasibility of raising funds for the proposed renovation and expansion and as a result have tailored the project to meet both community needs and capacity for support
2. We hired the renowned library architectural firm Tuthill and Wells which has created a design that maintains and respects the character of the Sherman Historic District, yet serves the functional needs of the library
3. We have met with all the town Review Boards, encompassed changes as necessary and finalized the design to meet community-wide and governance needs.
4. We acquired the property adjacent to the library, which will allow us to keep the library in the center of town.
5. The Sherman expansion project received approvals from all Town of Sherman Boards and Commissions.
6. We have received private support of approximately $600,000 during the quiet phase of our capital campaign. Every member of the Board of Trustees has personally committed financial support for this project.
7. Our Town approved a $1,000,000 grant to support the library renovation and expansion.
8. We wrote and submitted an extensive building program to the State of Connecticut and were awarded a $1,000,000 Library Construction Grant.
9. We received $200,000 from the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) and a $100,000 construction grant through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. We were awarded a $10,000 Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Grant.
10. The total cost to renovate and expand the library will be $3.3 million. We have $2.95 million in pledges and the Board of Trustees will raise an additional $350,000.
11. We hired the construction management company Enfield Builders.
12. Capital Campaign Delvers of the 21st Century launched and State Library Construction Contract signed.
13. Construction Bids received. Enfield Builders presents Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) that exceeds budget. Building Committee reconvenes to scale back project design and site work.
14. 2012: Revised schematic design drawings completed. Enfield presents schematic budget.
15. Groundbreaking - October 15, 2012!
16. Construction is progressing on schedule!
17. Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting March 15, 2014
18.The newly renovated, restored and expanded Sherman Library of 2014 is open and welcomes everyone to enjoy.
Why You Matter
There is a time when people can come together and make a difference for future generations. That time is now.
Nearly a century ago the dream of a few created an opportunity for many when they envisioned a literary club that became a library. While a handful of women had the dream it took an entire town to make it a reality.
Today, we are at a similar junction. The vision of a Board and a town saw a library that could span the next hundred years as an important resource for future generations. The early work has been done. It now takes the help of more visionaries and believers to make it come true.
Your support matters:
1. It provides the funding needed as we entire the final phase of this campaign.
2. It sends a strong message that we can accomplish something significant together.
3. It speaks to your personal vision of excellence for future generations. And for a vibrant library centering the town of Sherman.