Major changes at the Library Center will affect visitors and Springfield City Utilities bus riders beginning Monday, March 4. Library visitors may contend with noise and dust during a major roof project, and bus riders will have to catch their rides at the street.
Since roofing equipment will displace the CU bus stop from its spot near the library door, CU will temporarily move the bus stop to the curb on the frontage road at the library’s north driveway until the roof project is finished, about May 1. CU transit officials said there are no immediate plans to install a shelter at the temporary site. Bus riders with questions can call CU Transit Services at 831-8782.
Then beginning March 7, the Library Center is finally getting a new roof – goodbye buckets and the kiddie pool we’ve used to catch sudden leaks. Workers estimate it will take six to eight weeks to replacing the original roof, which was built in 1995 for a Payless Cashways store. The library district’s general operating funds will pay for the estimated $375,000 project.
No chemicals or tar will be used, but workers first have to remove 325 tons of fist-size gravel covering the 72,500-square-foot roof. (The rocks were used to hold down all the old roofing material – not necessary with the new roof.)
Roofers will use an industrial-size vacuum to suck up all those rocks, which will then travel through an aluminum tube across the roof, down a 27-foot drop to a hopper and into a dump truck. It’s guaranteed to be noisy and somewhat dusty throughout the project. Patrons who prefer a quieter atmosphere during that time may wish to visit one of the other library branches. For other locations, call or visit thelibrary.org/branches.
Where do those 325 tons of gravel and 72,500 square feet of roof material go? The roofing company, Kirberg Roofing, recycles most of it by selling it to other companies for road construction and landscaping.
The new roof will feature a layer of insulating cover board and a white top layer of Thermoplastic PolyOlefin, a polymer/filler blend that is UV-protected so it will withstand and reflect the sun’s rays, offering some energy savings.
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