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  Pittston Memorial Library, Page 34Pittston Memorial Library
69 Public Square, #1000
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Pittston, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet: 9,800
Construction Period: Apr 2000 to July 2001

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: R.L. Mylet - 250 Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: G & Albert Consultants - 490 North Main Street, Pittston, PA 18640
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Martin/Rogers/Associates, P.C. - 185 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Architerra, PC - 205 North Main Street, Coopersburg, PA 18036

Asubstantial donation by a long-time friend of the Pittston Memorial Library was the impetus for the relocation of the Library from its former 900 square foot location in the basement of City Hall into a new facility. Working with a Library Consultant, the Library Board and Eyerman Csala Hapeman & Handman, a building program of approximately 6,400 gross square feet of addition and renovations was developed.

The existing building was originally a doctor's office constructed in 1985. The location, on East Broad Street, was just two doors from City Hall and a half-block from Main Street making it ideal for this new Community building. Prior to the 1985 redevelopment, the site was an intercity railroad yard and station. The previous parking lot, which contained no landscaping, was completely redesigned with a counter clockwise traffic flow. A central tree and bollard lined walkway extends from the covered entry to East Broad Street.

Since the existing building was not designed to library floor loading standards, it was stripped to its shell and rede- signed to contain the usual support spaces required by a Library. These included a checkout counter, Director's office, Rest Rooms, Multi-Purpose/Board Room and Staff Room.

The "L" shaped addition consists of two parts. To the northeast, facing the relandscaped Parking Lot, is the covered Entry/Clock Tower as well as the Children's Reading Room. To the southeast and occupying the long leg of the "L", is a vaulted skylight that tops a larger Reading Room. Completed in July, 2001 the additions and renovations to the Pittston Memorial Library have been well received by the community of Pittston.

DIV 04:
Brick: Glen-Gery; Ceramic Tile: Crossville.
DIV 07: Metal: Met-Fab; Skylights: CPI International.
DIV 08: Windows: Pella.
DIV 09: Carpet: Interface Flooring; Tile: Crossville, Slate: Structural Slate; Vinyl: Armstrong; Paint: MAB.
DIV 13: Clock: Electric Time

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