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Community Meeting Announcement

Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-578-2458 (office)

Who: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood

What: Renovation Planning Meeting - Final Design & Project Logistics

Since January 2002, the Homewood community has been helping to plan the renovation of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood (7101 Hamilton Avenue). The community process has resulted in spectacular designs.

A Final Design & Project Logistics Meeting is planned for the Homewood Community. Please join us at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2002 at the Homewood Library. For information or directions, call (412) 731-3080.

Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Avenue

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2002

Project Summary and Community Planning Milestones:

The Homewood Library Renovation project, among the first of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's neighborhood locations to be completely renovated, is in a Final Design phase. The community-driven planning process has included a series of public meetings to engage Homewood residents and library users in creating an accessible, state-of-the-art library.

Suggestions for improvement include enhanced community meeting spaces, as well as, new furnishing and features based on community needs. Improvements being considered include the addition of an elevator, interior upgrades throughout the building, the removal of an interior mezzanine (circa 1970), and the restoration of the building's original skylight.

The construction budget for renovations to the Homewood library is approximately $2.5 million. These funds were generated from the proceeds of a bond issue supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Estimated Budget: $2,546,000
Owner's Representative: Craig Dunham

Architecht: Pfaffmann & Associates
Library Space Programmers: DesignGroup

January 23, 2002: Community meeting held with DesignGroup, professional library programmers. The community and library users were asked what they liked about the library and improvements they would make to the library.

January 2002 - April 2002: DesignGroup meets with manager of CLP-Homewood (Joyce Broadus) and her staff to discuss customer needs and book collections. These meetings assist in the creation of a library program for CLP-Homewood. Other CLP staff is involved in the development of an overall library program that will meet the needs of library users.

April 13, 2002: Community meeting with DesignGroup to discuss the bubble diagram, a conceptual design relating how the book collections and service areas "fit" into the building. Attendees discussed the children's area, meeting space, the addition of a "teen area" and areas for special collections such as the African American Collection.

June 22, 2002: Architects, Pfaffmann & Associates lead a discussion with the community regarding possible designs including removing the mezzanine, re-opening the 2nd and 3rd floor and installation of an elevator. The architects introduced a model of the library.

June 2002 - Present: Architects, Pfaffmann & Associates meet semi-weekly with CLP-Homewood branch manager and other CLP staff to discuss incorporating community input into the library design and to discuss ongoing changes and ideas.

July 30, 2002: Representatives from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh met with the Homewood Roundtable to provide updates and information to the community leadership.

October 19, 2002: Community meeting with project architects, Pfaffmann & Associates, to review the schematic designs drafted in the design development phase of the project.

November 11, 2002: Architects met with library users to hear their input regarding the finishes for the Children's area, African American Collection and auditorium.

December 14, 2002: Final Design & Project Logistics Meeting.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: "Free to the People" since 1895

Through its Main Library and 18 neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in Western Pennsylvania. The Library is an important community anchor that provides universal access to literature, culture, art, music, history, business and technology.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood:

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood is among the first of CLP's neighborhood branches to benefit from improvements and renovations in the system-wide $80 million Capital Improvement Program. The improvements and renovations will enable CLP to provide modern, state-of-the art library services to all of its customers. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood serves the communities of Homewood-Brushton, Point Breeze, Penn Hills, East Hills, and parts of East Liberty. Andrew Carnegie considered this his "home" branch.

About Pfaffmann & Associates:

Pfaffmann & Associates, known for the careful preservation of historic buildings, has overseen the restoration of Mellon Hall at Chatham College and the design of the Alcoa Business Services Center.

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