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  Wellton Branch Library, Page 40Wellton Branch Library
DeWald Architects
P.O. Box 4635, Yuma, AZ 85366

Wellton, Arizona
Total Square Feet: 4,150
Construction Period: Mar 2001 to July 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Yuma Valley Contractors - 1334 South 5th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364
Sitework Contractor: Zellers Paving & Excavation - P.O. Box 4728, Yuma, AZ 85366
Electrical & Mechancial Engineer: DeWald Architects - P.O. Box 4635, Yuma, AZ 85366
Landscape Architect: Highway Nursery - P.O. Box 4395, Yuma, AZ 85366
Cost Estimator: DeWald Architects - P.O. Box 4635, Yuma, AZ 85366

The Town of Wellton, is a rural farm community with a population of less than 2,000 people located approximately 120 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona, and just a stone#s throw from the Gila River. The existing library was located in a 1,900-square-foot industrial metal building which was poorly suited for library use. The town council had spent the prior ten years trying to build a new library facility.

The project program was to locate the new, and much larger 4,150-square-foot library facility next to the existing Wellton Family Service Center which would reach out to the community, and provide efficient utilization of existing utilities and building amenities, while providing easy access and high visibility to the public.

Once the design was underway, the design program went through several changes which required the additional sitework for the 1.5 acre site to include a joint use parking area, and off site improvements. To create a safer traffic arrangement for the adjacent elementary school children, the school district required that the collector street between the library and the school be given a dead-end and provided with a new cul-de-sac.

The structure of the project funding required the sitework and building be completed under two separate general contracts. The project schedule was developed and coordinated to take advantage of the summer break in school and the off season for the library district.

A tight project budget dictated the choice of the functional construction materials and finishes. The town council wanted the new building to look as if it had been constructed with the existing facility, therefore stucco and paint were chosen to match the exterior of the existing family service center. The beautiful southwest architecture and native desert landscape materials combine to provide a striking, yet maintenance free site for the new community facility.

Interior finishes were chosen to create an inviting, bright, cool and comfortable atmosphere in the midst of the harsh southwest desert environment. To eliminate glare, heat gain, and book damaging direct sunlight, no windows were provided except for the glazed exterior doors which have one-inch-thick insulating, tinted glazing units. Interior lighting is recessed, louvered, glare control fixtures with T8 lamps.

Interior finishes including workstations, bookstacks, shelving, desks, tables, and displays were to be provided by the library district. Close coordination between the architect and the district provided a well executed design and construction project.

DIV 07: Built-Up: Johns Manville.
DIV 08: Hardware: Hagar Hinge, National Guard, Corbin/Russwin, Schlage, Trimco.
DIV 09: Stucco: LaHabra Stucco; Acoustical Treatment: USG; Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Carpet: Shaw Industries; Resilient: Armstrong.
DIV 16: Exterior Lighting: Lithonia.

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