Friday, March 31, 2017

This Week at Little Falls, Inching Forward

Concrete apron at Little Falls LibraryA review of the work done at the Little Falls Library over the past week reveals that a concrete apron around the north-eastern side of the library has been installed, thereby giving a finished look to that section of the library and the parking lot area. If you do a quick review of the last three blogs, you will find a description of  the “then and now” of that area.  Next week the entire parking lot will be repaved and restriped, completing the exterior work required as a result of the water pipe break in December.

Repairing the underlay of the roof at Little Falls LibraryWork on the roof continues as the crew replaces the entire underlay portion of the roof around the building. This work should eliminate the "cascading downpours" that previously came from various roof areas around the building.

On the inside, throughout the building, the electricians are continuing the installation of power and data drops. This is necessary because there has been some reconfiguration of areas within the library as a part of the refresh project. One example of this is the addition of a signage monitor at the new circulation/information desk, which, through its display, will inform customers of all the programs which will be available at the Little Falls Library within a selected timeframe.                                  
New data drops at Little Falls Library

On the lower level, on the floor area which extends from the bottom of the stairs to the exit doors leading to Massachusetts Ave, work is underway to replace the tiles which were damaged by the flood. That tile design ties into the pattern already used in the meeting room and the children’s area. And, the work continues, …

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity.





Ken Lewis
Little Falls Library


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Moving On, What’s Going On! … Little Falls Library

This week we are again returning our focus to the construction areas we discussed last week, since these remain the activity points of the refresh, and are crucial to completion, and, most certainly, the re-opening of the library.

Bulldozer and ditch
In December 2016, after the water pipe break, the area just outside our front entrance represented our greatest challenge.

Over the intervening months our Department of General Services has made considerable progress, so that in looking at that area now, I call this a “beautiful” picture, almost “made whole again.” As it stands, we are awaiting the setting/paving of the curb wall, and the repaving of the walkway from the front entrance to the parking lot. With that completed, our front facade will be restored.

Water main trench and lower level windows
To the right of the building, on the western side, the presence of the earth compacting equipment suggests the almost final earthworks restoration activity. The deep trench through which the 4 ins water main stretches, has been completely refilled, compacted, and awaits some landscaping activity. This area will also, very soon, be the site for a stormwater management project, overseen by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. This project has been in planning since 2014, and is now in the final design and permit stages, with work to begin in the next two weeks. This project will enhance even further our Massachusetts Avenue visual landscaping.

Roller landscape compactorOn the inside of the building on the lower level, the toilet bowl fixtures which awaited the plumbers’ attention, have not only made it successfully to their final stations, but are now almost ready to be of service to all. The picture of the almost finished bathrooms provides proof of this step towards completion.

Restroom stallsThere are other bits and pieces remaining in the work specified for the refresh project, as well as the  completion of the installation of the HVAC system.

More to come, and we will continue to keep you informed, as it unfolds.

Toilets













Ken Lewis
Little Falls Library



Monday, March 20, 2017

Little Falls, Moving Forward, ... or Week in Review

Little Falls, moving forward. our week in review.

Just as we were picking up momentum with all the work scheduled to be done on the outside of the building during the past week, Tuesday's unexpected snowfall brought the exterior repairs to a brief halt. Temporary, yes! And the work is once again proceeding!

Crews have installed huge metal plates at the front of the building just outside the front entrance.
This is  part of the repair work to the replaced 4 inch water main pipe which enters the building at this point.


Big metal plates


On the inside the building, the children’s area, which was flooded, has been cleared of all the boxes which we temporarily stored there, and it is now being carpeted. A peek at this activity gives us this image, an area which has bright “alive” colors which are attractive, and add vigor and vitality to the surroundings.


Carpet in Little Falls children's area


It is truly a children’s center, soon to be transformed into a “place of wonder.”

Work continues on the bathrooms, and the fixtures are all lined up awaiting the plumber and installation.


Toilets ready for installation


Upstairs, on our entry level from the parking lot, through the staff entrance, storage has been added to the staff workroom area, with staff furniture scheduled to arrive in the near future.  We are moving along.


Shelving in the Little Falls staff area


As to program events from the Little Falls Library, even though we are closed, please remember that the Little Falls Literary Salon will meet at the Chevy Chase branch on Wednesday April 14, 2017, 11:00 am–12:30 pm to discuss the book, When the Moon is Low, by Nadia Hashimi. This will be the Literary Salon’s second adult book discussion for the 2017 spring series session, entitled Immigrants and Refugees. 

Copies may still be available for borrowing at the Chevy Chase branch.

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity.


Ken Lewis
Little Falls Library




Friday, March 10, 2017

Little Falls, ... and the work continues.

In our last blog post to you, dated March 6, 2017, we mentioned that we are almost back on track and are working diligently towards the completion of the work and the much-awaited reopening of the library.

We are indeed happy to share with you some communication which the Public Libraries received from Mr. David Dise, Director of General Services, Montgomery County Government. Director Dise’s communication states:
Repairs of flood damage due to a water main break are complete. The contractor performing the library refresh resumed work on February 27th. Reconstructing work performed before the damage and finishing the remaining work will take an estimated six weeks.  At the same time, mechanical and electrical contractors will repair/replace equipment severely damaged by the flooding. Library staff will return in April 2017 to ready the library for reopening.  The projected reopening of the Little Falls Library is in May 2017.  The County apologizes for the inconvenience and will reopen the library as soon as possible.

The trench that was excavated along the eastern side of the building to access the 4 inch water pipe for replacement, is being refilled.
trench in dirt

Within the building, specifically on the lower level, flood damaged walls have been removed, replaced, and repainted.
wall with lower half painted and top half showing mural

The meeting room on the lower level, which serves as the place to meet for the community and as our central location for all of the library's program activities, has been painted, and the floor is presently being covered with an attractive mix of floor tiling. Expect more in a future blog about the meeting room space.
floor covered in orange tile

floor with tiling laid out

On the upper level the laying of the carpet is almost complete, with the crew working on the area in which both the information and circulation desks will be located.
portion of floor with outer part carpeted and inner part with green subflooring

As to program events from the Little Falls Library, even though we are closed, please remember that the Little Falls Literary Salon will meet at the Chevy Chase branch on Wednesday, March 15, 11:00 am–12:30 pm to discuss the book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This will be the Literary Salon’s first Adult Book Discussion for the Spring session for 2017. Copies may still be available for borrowing at the Chevy Chase branch.

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity.

Ken Lewis
Little Falls Library

Monday, March 6, 2017

We are Working Towards It!

As we mentioned in our last blogpost, we are almost back on track, and are working diligently towards the completion of the work, and the much-awaited reopening of the library.

One of the key elements in our facility is the heating and air-conditioning system, which was virtually demolished by the flooding event that took place. This system is being replaced on an ongoing basis, with work proceeding one piece at a time, be it a boiler unit or metal ducting for the flow of warm or cold air throughout the building. With the addition and installation of a totally new water cooling tower on the eastern end of the building, the library promises to be a "cool place" to be this summer.

Construction activity has also resumed on the first floor with the focus being placed on getting the carpeting finished.

The workmen are again back on the roof, working towards its completion. The covering phase utilizing roof shingles should take about a month.


Don’t forget that the Little Falls Literary Salon will meet at the Chevy Chase branch on Wednesday, March 15, 11:00 am–12:30 pm to discuss the book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This will be the Literary Salon’s first Adult Book Discussion for the Spring session for 2017. Copies may still be available for borrowing at the Chevy Chase branch.

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity.