A major milestone in the Aiken County Library renovation occurred this month when the Aiken County Council approved a $2,200,000 contract for J.E. Stewart Builders of Aiken to renovate the main library and install a new front access elevator. Construction should begin mid-November. This is part of a nearly $3,000,000 partnership between Aiken County and the Friends of the Aiken County Library. The project is funded by County CPST funds and up to $1,000,000 from the Friends.
Bill Reynolds, President of the Friends said,” Aiken County has been a wonderful project partner. Without their support this would never have happened. We are pleased J. E. Stewart of Aiken was the low bidder. Stewart built the beautiful front steps and were a pleasure to work with. As the renovation unfolds, the library patrons will see the incredibly creative work done by the project architects, McMillan-Pazdan-Smith.”
The first floor will be mostly devoted to children related activities and will include the Security Federal Reception Area, the Grandparents Gallery sponsored by Pam and Rob Johnston, as well as the Davis Family Program Room.
The second floor will offer quieter activities including the Barbara and Tommy Wessinger Reading Area, a new conference room as well as five study rooms.
periodically for updates on construction progress.