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The Renton Downtown and Highlands Libraries are now part of the King County Library System. Please visit www.kcls.org to see the many library services, programs, resources, and materials available and for policy, operational hours and location information.
NOTE: Renton patron accounts and materials are now incorporated into the KCLS catalog. Patrons will need to visit a KCLS library location to get a new card and either re-activate their Renton account or link it to their existing KCLS account.
Downtown Library Now Open!
Renton 100 Mill Ave S., Renton, 98057, (425) 226-6043
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Highlands 2902 NE 12th Street, Renton, WA 98056, (425) 277-1831
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Click here to go to the Renton Library Advisory Board Page
2015 CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
Contractor is working on setting materials needed for the main floor. Concrete will flow around the cables that will be tensioned after the concrete hardens for about 3 days. Using tensioned cables adds strength to the slab, reducing the number of columns in the floor below. The pour is scheduled for first week in February.
2015 04 01 Construction Video
2015 04 02 Construction Video
2015 04 03 Construction Video
2015 04 06 Construction Video
2015 02 27 Construction update photo
2015 01 27 1 = The focus is now on the main floor. The xs (stud rails) on top of the forms are where lower level columns will get added steel and cables before the concrete.
2015 01 27 2 = Several workers are using wire to tie rebar at the top of the lower wall. This will connect the new upper wall to the lower wall and new main floor slab.
2015 01 27 3 = These black cables that will be stretched between the walls through the columns, over “chairs,” under and over other cables and rebar.
2015 01 27 4 = The box on the left will be removed after the pour exposing the opening that will become the garage stairs. The saw below the stop sign is over the garage level mechanical room and will be outside the front doors. This building corner is in the old street. The new street will be moved over about 20 feet.
2015 01 27 5 = The elevator doors will open above the plywood shaft forms. Below that line will be a sandwich of deep concrete with the cables, then insulation and a thinner layer of concrete on top.
2015 01 27 6 = This is a clean pile of the material used for our capillary break. This was used under the garage slab to keep ground water from wicking up to the garage floor: recycled glass.
2014 Highlands Library Updates
Call for Art Proposals ~ Renton Library and Renton Highlands Library
Call for Art Proposals are due by Friday, August 22, 2014 for review by the Committee in September, 2014.
Requirements include: The entire submittal must be digital (cd or USB Drive) and include:
- Resume of principal artist and other key assistants or subcontractors including qualifications and previous experience with public art.
- Up to five (5) PDF pictures of work completed within the last seven years, numbered and labeled with last name.
- A written proposal statement describing the concept and materials, and proposed budget. (Rough sketches including scale and location ideas are recommended.)
- One reference from one other similar art project.
- Materials will not be returned.
Click HERE for more information about the Call For Art Proposal.
The Renton Highlands Library project is in for permitting. Anticipating that the permit will soon be approved, the project is currently out to bid with submittals due Thursday, June 19, 2014. Construction is anticipated to commence in early summer.
Click here to be re-directed to the KCLS Construction Update Page for Highlands Library
2013 CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
Renton Housing Authority Sunset Revitalization Efforts Information (click here to be redirected to Renton Housing Authority Website)
Downtown Library Construction Updates:
Frequently Asked Questions/Information Sheet
2015 03 Construction Photo: Curtain Wall Assembly, East Side
2015 02 Construction Photos:
2015 02 26, 2015 02 18 a, 2015 02 18 b, 2015 02 18 c, 2015 02 18 d, 2015 02 18 e, 2015 02 18 f, 2015 02 18 g, 2015 02 18 h
Workers are inside staying dry under the new
roof. Sheathing has now covered most of
the outside walls where there will not be windows. Walls are about ready for the framing
inspection. With approval to cover the
walls, drywall can start.
2015 01 26 1 = Parking lot trenches for various utilities are
now filled in and trucks can drive up to the building again.
2015 01 26 2 = Park side has the sheathing installed between
future windows, which were measured this week to start their production.
2015 01 26 3 = Ductwork above the backroom is now insulated.
2015 01 26 4 = Below the
building, some of these marks indicate where x-rays showed PT cables in the
floor slab. Coring the concrete for
pipes had to done between these tensioned cables. The walls had to be built where the pipes
came up, some slightly different than the plan.
09/30/2014: Construction Update: To
preserve public safety, it may be necessary to close the top the top of the pedestrian ramp on the northwest
corner will be closed to finish demo of bridge girder. We will attempt to
maintain pedestrian path but it may be closed at times.
10/15/2014: Construction Photos: Preparation for the steel brace frames photo 2 photo 3 photo 4
09/30/2014: Construction Photo: Steel Beams/Structural Improvements
09/26/2014: Construction Photo: Pile Cap South Side
9/11/2014: Construction Video: Final augur cast piling/south side
9/11/2014: Construction Photo's:
Construction Photo 1 Construction Photo 2 Construction Photo 3 Construction Photo 4 Construction Photo 5 Construction Photo 6 Construction Photo 7 Construction Photo 8 Construction Photo 9 Construction Photo 10 Construction Photo 11 Construction Photo 12 Construction Photo 13 Construction Photo 14 Construction Photo 15 Construction Photo 16 Construction Photo 17 Construction Photo 18 Construction Photo 19 Construction Photo 20 Construction Photo 21
09/03/2014: North side augur cast piles and foundation dowels:
Call for Art Proposals
~ Renton Library and Renton Highlands Library
Call for Art Proposals are due by Friday, August 22, 2014 for review by the
Committee in September, 2014.
Requirements include: The entire submittal must be digital
(cd or USB Drive) and include:
- Resume of principal artist and
other key assistants or subcontractors including qualifications and previous
experience with public art.
- Up to five (5) PDF pictures of
work completed within the last seven years, numbered and labeled with last
- A written proposal statement
describing the concept and materials, and proposed budget. (Rough sketches
including scale and location ideas are recommended.)
- One reference from one other
similar art project.
- Materials will not be
Click HERE for more information about the Call For Art
Onsite Construction Update
Installation of perimeter fencing began June 25 and trail detour
signs were put in place.
Site preparation for the concrete piles began during the week of June 30 - July 4, and the boring began on the park side.
Floor Plan Drawing showing Pedestrian Bridge Highlighted
Floor Plan Drawing
Aerial Construction Access Exhibit
Architect Sketches: Entry & View from the West
Liberty Park Cherry Tree Information/Update by Terry Flatley, Certified Arborist - Municipal Specialist, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Manager
Cherry Tree Information/Update Photo's (attachments): Click Here
Construction bids were received May 20 and came in under budget. The construction firm CE & C, Inc. was awarded the contract. The site will be turned over to the contractor at the end of June and construction is expected to start in July. The Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permit issued by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) for projects on or near state waters requires the installation of auger cast pilings during the drier months of the year and planning is underway to install them prior to the September 30 deadline. A temporary location has been secured for library services during construction at 64 Rainier Ave S., Renton.
Click here to be re-directed to KCLS Construction Update Page for the Downtown Renton Library
08/12/2013 Council Memo / Council Referral C-13016, Responding to inquiries by Paul Ouellette and Dave Beedon regarding the Cedar River Library on status of Council conveying a request to KCLS to add a door, receiving a revised budget, receiving a redesigned drawing and hiring an audit consultant.
08/06/2013 KCLS Letter Regarding Additional Entry Door
08/05/2013 Miller Hull Letter Regarding Additional Entry Door / Entry Location
07/15/2013 Committee of the Whole Presentation - Update & Overview
07/09/2013 Hearing Examiner Public Hearing Staff Report
07/09/2013 Hearing Examiner Public Hearing Exhibits
06/17/2013 Environmental Review Committee Report
Library Informational Meetings
Reports & Information
April 15, 2013 Renton City Council Committee of the Whole Presentation video on Cedar River Library Design Update. Slideshow presentation.
KCLS Open House presentations can be found below:
A question was asked whether the budget for the Renton Library over the River was available to review. In previous open houses a round number of $5M for the construction part of the work had been floated. That number was part of KCLS' PRELIMINARY budget. A preliminary budget tries to incorporate all factors known and/or expected at the outset of a project, but by no means represents a final product; it is a series of placeholders until more realistic costs can be determine.
Another question was raised whether KCLS or the architects they use have a formulaic or computer-based program that is used to determine what relative size to make each use area in new libraries.
The response from KCLS was that Adrianne (Dri) Ralph, one of the team members on KCLS' facilities delivery team, writes a program of requirements for each library.
January 15, 2013
November 13, 2012
October 16, 2012
September 19, 2012
September 17, 2012