Building Project FAQ

Questions About the Project

What is the project timeline?
The City of Appleton Common Council has awarded a contract to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services. Design work takes place in 2021. Following this timeline, construction would begin in 2022.

What size will the facility be?
The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill library design is anticipated to result in a building that is approximately 110,000 square feet. It is currently 86,600.

Will the building be environmentally friendly?
Yes. During design, various approaches will be reviewed to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. In addition, it is important that initiatives are taken to minimize operations costs.

How will the library function during construction?
The library will operate at a remote site throughout construction. The location is TBD.


Questions About the Cost

What will a new or remodeled facility cost?
This is TBD. Determining cost is an important part of the next phase.

How will the facility be paid for?
The facility is expected to be funded in the same manner as other city capital projects. The city will pursue any outside sources of funding when feasible including grants, philanthropic support and additional funding streams.


Questions About Parking

Where will library patrons park?
The planning process will ensure that the project incorporates adequate and accessible parking for library patrons. This includes looking at on-site parking and maximizing the use of the Yellow Ramp. It is likely the project will include design changes to make it easier for patrons to park in the ramp if they’re able to.  


General Library Questions

Why do we need an updated library facility?
The library serves everyone and is a key part of Appleton’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Based on the City of Appleton and Appleton Public Library strategic plans, the current facility does not meet the needs of the community. As the library strives to fulfill its mission and vision, the facility is falling behind on standards for contemporary urban libraries. More information on prior studies related to the building project can be found here.


Last Updated: 9/22/21