Newcastle Library will open in December after significant delays

October 4, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The Newcastle Library will officially open Dec. 8 with a full day of activities planned to celebrate the occasion, according to a representative from the King County Library System.

Festivities are expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. the day of the opening, but more details will be available as the date approaches.

Progress on the project picked up significantly after the contractor experienced a multitude of setbacks, according to Greg Smith, the director of Facilities Management Services for KCLS.

“The contractor’s been plagued with lots of problems on this job, lots of delays,” Smith said.

In December and January, the contractor had to scramble after the curtain wall subcontractor, the company who provided the glass for the library, went out of business, Smith said. It caused a significant setback that delayed delivery of the glass.

As of Sept. 19, KCLS said the building was more than 90 percent enclosed, and Smith added that nearly all of the glass was installed.

In addition, workers began installing tile work in the library bathrooms.

In the coming weeks, workers will continue to focus on the interior of the library.

Carpet installation is tentatively set for Oct. 12 and shelving installation is tentatively scheduled to begin a few days later.

Some residents have reported seeing little action at the construction site in prior weeks. Smith acknowledged that, saying that there was little work that could be done until the glass was installed, so there were minimal personnel on-site.

Now, Smith said he expects to see a lot of movement at the site in the coming weeks.

“It’s really starting to move now,” he said. “If you go by there each week, you’ll see different things happening.”

Smith said the project finally has some positive momentum after many setbacks.

“We had no control over the loss of the subcontractors that caused the delay,” he said. “We are back on target and the job is progressing rapidly at this point, and it’s going to be a beautiful new library that will serve the community in years to come.”

On the Web

Follow construction updates and see pictures of the library’s progress at blogs.kcls.org/newcastle.

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