By Max Erikson

Library stairs get remodel


November 8, 2017

Max Erikson

Crews tear up the old stairs at the Goldendale Library.`

The Goldendale Library is getting started on its remodel project this fall by building new stairs at the front of the building's entrance.

Demolition crews destroyed the front steps to make way for a new and improved entrance replacing the stairs and adding new railings and a brick facade. This is part one of an ambitious remodel project that will include new carpet, new paint, improved lighting, upgraded windows, and new shelving and furniture.

The library will be adding new quiet areas for study, a new teen area, and improved access to bathrooms for disabled persons.

Head Librarian Erin Krake says that the remodeling won't change the unique and special historic character of the over 100-year-old-building.

"The library plans to host an open house to share the complete plans in early 2018," Krake says.

Western Construction Services of Vancouver, Washington, is the contractor for the project and project manager Lee Reinhart expects the stairs to be completed in about two weeks.

"We are replacing the stairs that have been there since about 1914," Reinhart says. "We should have it done pretty fast, weather permitting."

The entrance to the library during the construction will be on the lower level by the community room.

The renovations are being funded by the Wilma Olsen Fund, by a bequest from Shirley Ann Iams, and by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) capital reserve.


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