Get excited: The restoration of the Carnegie Library is almost complete, and the ribbon cutting is just a few weeks away!
Patchogue-Medford Library will be celebrating the start of the building’s new life on Friday, June 17 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. with an open house and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The gathering, which will be at the 160 West Main St. location, is being hosted by the Patchogue-Medford Library’s trustees, staff and friends.
The construction crews have been moving fast, making progress on all aspects of the building to have it ready for the summer.
The main entrance to the building, which will be on the side facing the Suffolk County Sixth District Court, has had the foundation wall of its wheelchair ramp added in the past week, and a concrete slab is being added in the coming days.
Once inside, the stairways in the entranceway leading to the basement are fully installed and will be stained. Tiling for the bathrooms is being installed, and the main water hook up is on track to be inspected.
A wheelchair lift at the entrance, which keeps the building accessible for everyone, will make three stops in the building: the main entranceway, the main floor and the basement.
Downstairs in the lower level, painting is taking place and a back exit that will provide emergency access out of the building from the lower level is being dug out and built in.
Up on the main floor, the custom-made windows are fully installed as well as grills for air conditioning.
The stairs that bridge the main entranceway to the main floor are currently out and being re-purposed – which will have them being taken apart and supported with new wood. The stairs are planned to be back in the building later this week.
Outside, the large doors that face Main Street are still set to be replaced, and the trim will be re-finished. Also to come is sod (the grass), which will be added throughout the property.
Jon Scalabrelli, a project manager for The Facilities Management Group, said that there are under 20 construction days left to the $1.5 million project. This also marks the end of a long road to the Carnegie Library’s new life, which saw it move from its previous Lake Street location in 2012 and Patchogue-Medford Library officially take ownership of it in 2014.
Two date stones are also being added to the front of the building to further commemorate the building: one for its original opening in 1908 and another for the upcoming 2016 opening.
See more photos of the construction below, and get ready to welcome to the community this new expansion of the Patchogue-Medford Library.