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2019 Library Building Committee

November-December 2019

  • Dodge County Pionier article Thursday 12/05/2019

“Mayville Public Library Receives Additional Grant For New Library
Grant Larson, Mayville Public Library president, is pleased to announce that the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation has donated $1.2 million to the building of a new library.
The library board, along with a building committee, has been working with architects designing plans for a future library to be built on a lot located west of the Mayville Limestone School Museum.
One year ago the Bachhuber foundation had contributed $1 million toward the project.
“With additional support from the community and continued support from the foundation, the library hopes to raise enough funds to start the project,” commented Larson.”

October 2019

  • As the month progressed the interior library spaces moved around to various positions until they began to knit together into a workable plan. Once the planning gets further into the details those spaces may move some more. Each library space will be looked at in detail making sure it is size appropriate and functions in its place. With the interior beginning to gel, the architects began presenting exterior ideas and materials for the committee to consider. The exterior is dependent on the interior and must work with its surroundings. While a new library/community center is being planned, the Library staff is looking at the collection, equipment and fixtures in our current library to determine what needs to be weeded out and what will stay. There are many moving parts to this project. No pun intended.

September 2019

  • The Building Committee continued working with the Architects on a building plan and developing a budget. A building size of approximately 18,000 sq ft has been determined. At this stage it is like a giant jigsaw puzzle to get placement of the 14 library spaces into a useful, workable and proper place. That space then has to fit within the boundaries of the new library site. Other factors that have to be considered are building setbacks, utility connections and the surrounding buildings and neighborhood. The goal is to work toward a plan for the library and its support spaces that is pleasing and works well for our needs. The work continues.

August 2019

  • Work on programming to determine square footage, budget and site planning. The Architects worked with the Building Committee throughout the month analyzing each of 14 areas in the library. The winnowing process to achieve a balance between needs and wants in order to determine the square footage footprint is still in progress. The Library Board hired attorney Kim Hurtado of Hurtado Zimmerman SC for construction lawyer. An RFP for Owner’s Representation resulted in three responses. The Board hired Integris Risk Management as Owners representative. An ALTA Survey of the John Street property was completed. The Building Committee toured maker spaces at Parkview School and the Mayville High school and continues to analyze how to best use a Makerspace for the community.

July 2019

  • Planning begins – The first phase is a current library space review, a study of work patterns and patron user patterns, etc. to develop a space estimate for the new library; then develop a budget and produce concept drawings. The site for the new Library on the Public Square will also be analyzed by additional planning phase consultants – a Geotechnical Engineer, Environmental Consultant and Surveyor/Civil Engineer.

June 2019

  • Review of eleven Design Service Proposals; the Library Building Committee narrowed the field to three Architectural firms for interviews. At the end of June after in person interviews the Library Board hired Zimmerman Architectural Studios of Milwaukee.

May 2019

  • Building Committee put out a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for Architectural Services – 11 responses

April 2019

  • Building Committee organization and planning discussion meeting with Integris.

March 2019

  • Library Building Committee is established combining Library Board with the former Library Exploratory Advisory Committee members.
  • Committee Members: Geri Feucht, Grant Larson, Mike Schmidt, Dianne Slater, Lee Zarnott, Andy Shoemaker, Gene Frings, Library Board Alderperson, Alixe Bielot Library Director, Shelia Steger Librarian, Secretary: Lisa Neumann, Chairperson Sue Smith

February 2019

  • The Library Board approved accepting pro bono assistance from Integris for beginning the building process. The Library Exploratory Advisory Committee (LEAC) was retired.


January 2019

  • Library Exploratory Advisory Committee Meeting with guests Kory Krieser and Tom Baade from Integris-Risk Management for the Built Environment – discussed process, timelines and choices of pre-development for commercial construction and design management. Committee was able to ask questions and gain a general understanding of the building process.