Library Building Project Update: April 2021

Last month the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

Initial activities include completing a building and site audit and developing the preliminary building program - which explains operational functions and spaces, as well as important adjacencies. The program serves as the initial plan for the architects to develop early concepts that capture these operational needs. 

Below is more information on recent progress:

March and April
• Began survey work of the library property utilizing a drone.
• Kick-off meeting with SOM and city staff.
• On-site Building Condition Assessment was initiated with numerous SOM engineers and consultants.
• Programming interviews conducted with library staff.
• Workshops with library staff and continued work with staff on programming.

Upcoming activities:
• Finalize Building Condition Assessment.
• Perform a building scan utilizing LIDAR scanning technology. This will include the interior and exterior of the facility.  A building scan identifies current conditions and minimizes change orders during construction.
• Boundary and topographic surveys.
• On-going programming work with staff to best understand library operations.

Public participation and opportunities for community engagement in the design process are in development. We will be able to provide additional information in the coming weeks as we finalize this essential part of the process.