Expansion of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library is proceeding on schedule. Soon workers will add the roof, a noisy phase of the building’s construction.
Roof trusses were delivered this week to the library at 11211 Country Way Blvd. in Westchase.
“Construction work will be primarily focused on the roofing for the remainder of April,” said Hillsborough County spokeswoman Jennifer Hall. “This activity will make a lot more noise than is typical at the library, so we're asking for our customers' continued positivity and patience as we work to expand their library.”
“At this point we're still right on schedule for the expansion” which is slated to be completed late this year, she said. The next step of the $2.2 million yearlong expansion project will be electrical, mechanical and masonry work, Hall said.
“Our patrons have been exceedingly patient, kind and positive through this, and for all of our library projects,” Hall said. Other Hillsborough public libraries in the middle of expansions include Jimmie B. Keel Regional at 2902 W. Bearss Ave.
The 12,000 square feet added to the existing 15,000 will accommodate a larger children’s room, space for technology and teen activities, and an additional large community meeting room for library programs and public meetings. It also will accommodate more seating dedicated to quiet study and a larger Friends of the Library Book Store.
Upper Tampa Bay Regional is expected to maintain regular operating hours throughout the construction process and, for the most part, drive-up book returns will remain accessible.
The capital improvement paid for with special library taxing district revenues was designed by Long & Associates. The contract was awarded in mid-November to Williams Co., which began construction in January.