Aside from this past weekend’s snowfall, the otherwise warmer winter has been a blessing to the ongoing restoration of the Carnegie Library.
The construction workers have been able to make progress adding mortar to the bricks on the building, which require temperatures to stay over 40 degrees Fahrenheit in order to proceed.
Work on the east wall as well as some of the south was able to take place earlier this month, but over the past week the weather has not cooperated as well to accommodate it, Project Manager Jack Sandezer of The Facilities Management Group said.
On the bright side, Sandezer said work on the roof and the gutters are now complete.
Also on the way are the windows, which have been ordered and will definitely add to the vintage look of the building.
“They are custom to match the original windows and will be a big milestone when they are in,” Sandezer said.
Work on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning on the building is currently ongoing, with 80 percent of the ductwork currently in along with the boiler and control equipment on order.
Electricity for the building is also being roughed in, Sandezer said, and plumbing work is going to start soon.
When complete later this year, the restored Carnegie Library building will become the new home of Patchogue-Medford Library’s Young Adult department.
The $1.5 million project is estimated to have a spring opening at its location on the corner of W. Main Street and West Avenue in Patchogue Village.
Anyone can donate toward the restoration of the building, and the coffee fundraiser held by the library with Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Company’s help has raised $1,500 over four weeks, reports Greater Patchogue. The 218 packages of a special Library Blend of coffee donated by Roast were all sold out between Dec. 1 and Christmas.
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