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New Library Queries and Comments - This is the space where library staff will provide the Crete community with updates regarding the new library


This is the space where library staff will provide the Crete community with updates regarding the new library. In addition, we will do our best to respond to queries and other comments about the new library.

Question – why were new architects chosen? I thought that the previous architects provided us with a design and layout of the new library.

Response – the previous architect company, Alley-Poyner-Macchietto was hired to conduct a feasibility study and to put down some rough sketches and layout for the new library for the November 2016 election. These sketches and layout were intended to be provisional and not the final design. After the sales tax increase passed; by law, a new request for proposal (RFP) was issued and three proposals were submitted.

A committee was formed to analyze and rate the three proposals and consisted of two library board members, two members of the city council, the library director, and the city administrator. It was a unanimous decision by this committee to select BVH as the architect.

31 October 2017

Thank you to all who attended the 26 October Community Input meeting. We know that the architects, BVH are appreciative of the Crete community’s feedback to them regarding the new library / community rooms. Below is a partial listing of some of the wishes and suggestions the Crete community has for our new complex. Please note that while we wish to have all of these wonderful features and materials, many of these are dependent upon the amount of grant monies we receive as well as financial support from the community.

All are welcome to continue to provide us with your suggestions and wishes and can do so by completing this one-question survey.

What is a traditional library?

  • Place to gain knowledge.
  • In the style of Carnegie.
  • Lots of wood.
  • Comfortable.

Library design suggestions

  • Open interior space
  • Lots of windows to exterior
  • Comfortable furnishings.
  • Attractive and inviting for people to gather.
  • Nooks or smaller spaces for more intimacy and privacy. Quiet
  • Fireplace
  • Separate areas for different groups – children, teens, study rooms

BVH will begin design and will present a final schematic design to the public at a similar public meeting sometime in mid-January 2018.

10 January 2018

Take a drive by the old hospital to see it coming down a bit more every day. The Crete design committee met with the architects (BVH) to review their initial draft floor plan. BVH will revise the floor plan and after another review will present their design to the Crete Community on 1 March at 6:00pm at the UCC church.