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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Selects Two More Pittsburgh Architects for Squirrel Hill and Woods Run Capital Improvements

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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(Pittsburgh - August 20, 2002) Officials from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have selected Pittsburgh-based architects for renovations to its Squirrel Hill and Woods Run locations.

The announcement brings the total of area architects engaged in its system-wide Capital Improvement Program to five.

"Libraries are community anchors. When complete, we plan to offer people in Western Pennsylvania modern, state-of-the-art, customer-friendly facilities that become popular destinations," says Library Director Herb Elish. The Library selected separate architectural firms in order to reflect the unique character of each neighborhood and community served. All of the firms have been recognized locally for design excellence.

Arthur Lubetz Associates Architects PC (ALA) will redesign Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill. The firm has received many commendations including an AIA-Design Award for Hartford City Hall and Library. ALA's portfolio includes Kentuck Knob Visitor's Center, CMU Robotics Institute and the renovation of Ellsworth Center II.

The Squirrel Hill library is one of the busiest in the CLP system with circulation figures just behind the Oakland-based Main Library.

Rothschild Architects will renovate Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Woods Run. Recent projects include the Hillel Jewish University Center, the University of Pittsburgh Honors College and the Vision Plan for the Central Business District of East Liberty. "Woods Run is the northernmost library in the CLP system," notes Manager Kip Currier. "There is a heavy user base from outside of the city. We're looking for improvements that will make the building user-friendly, welcoming, and more convenient," says Currier.

Two years ago, the Library studied safety/security compliance, ADA accessibility, square footage, expansion/space and utilization potential, furnishings and structure interior and exterior in planning for system-wide capital improvements. Some locations are more than 100 years old.

The Library's Capital Improvement Program is estimated at $80 million. A $15 million bond issue approved by the Allegheny County Regional Asset District (ARAD) in January has enabled CLP to move forward on plans for five locations: Homewood, Brookline, Squirrel Hill and Woods Run. Plans to reorganize the Oakland-based Main Library are also progressing in this phase. Depending on the project, construction could begin as early as December of 2002.

The Library will begin a Capital Campaign to complete the funds needed for branch system renovations this fall.

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