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February 25, 2014 > Construction begins on San Lorenzo Library expansion

Construction begins on San Lorenzo Library expansion

Submitted By Zoe Woodcraft

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan led a groundbreaking ceremony on February 19, 2014 to commemorate the official start of construction on the San Lorenzo Library expansion project.

The $9.4 million project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years and will double the size of library to nearly 20,000 square feet.

The expanded library will add a 1,500 square foot community room, cafˇ, dedicated teen area, space for used book sales, additional public computers, and a learning center for small group classes and tutoring. The library will be a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) ÒSilverÓ certified building, verifying that it is a high performance green building Ð the first of its kind in San Lorenzo.

The San Lorenzo Library expansion project will also be the first project to benefit from Alameda CountyÕs first-ever countywide Project Stabilization Agreement, or PSA (formerly known as a Project Labor Agreement). The PSA is the result of a collaborative effort between the County, local leaders, and the Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County and its 28 affiliated unions. It outlines expectations and benefits for county-funded construction projects with the labor community and promotes the training and hiring of target populations, such as veterans and low income residents.

Construction on the library expansion is expected to last 15 months and be completed in the spring of 2015. A temporary library opened on February 5 at 16032 Hesperian Boulevard, approximately one block from the old library on Paseo Grande. The revitalized library will open its doors to the public in summer 2015.

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