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  Safety Harbor Public Library ExpansionSafety Harbor Public Library Expansion


Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611

General Description

Location: Safety Harbor, Florida
Date Bid: Feb 2008 Construction Period: Feb 2008 to Apr 2009
Total Square Feet: 25,000 Site: 2.7 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Renovation 14,900; addition 10,100;
total, 25,000 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 12; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: Type II/Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU.
Roof: Built-up & clay tile. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural & MEP Engineer: Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
General Contractor: Biltmore Construction Company, Inc. - 1055 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Belleair, FL 33756

This popular public library is a focus of community activity and a source of strong civic pride. Located along historic Philippe Parkway, it reflects the small-town charm of Safety Harbor and connects the pedestrian oriented Main Street with the surrounding quiet residential neighborhoods.

The expansion of this facility required the rehabilitation of the facade and roof systems to restore the building’s original character as well as the creation of new space to meet the growing needs of library collections and public service expectations. The design also responded to the potential need for further growth on a constrained site by providing the option to build a second floor addition on the new South wing.

Community needs dictated that this facility remain functional throughout the construction process. The project was designed and the work was phased to accommodate and maintain adequate public service. The design and construction teams worked closely with library staff to minimize disruptions to public access, and to provide for temporary relocation of collections and service desks.

Library interiors were designed to reflect a civic commitment to preservation of natural habitats and environmental stewardship. Design of the project supported this commitment through the use of environmentally friendly interior finishes and energy efficient air-conditioning and lighting systems. The indoor environment is controlled for both humidity and temperature to provide for human comfort as well as long-term protection of the various materials in the library collections.

Sustainable design elements are included throughout the project. Use of natural clay tile provides a very low-maintenance long-life roof system. All existing windows were replaced with new energy-efficient units incorporating insulated glass. New landscaping uses native plant species to minimize water consumption and blend the facility into the local ecosystem. Expanded parking facilities consist of both turfgrass areas with subsurface reinforcing structures and porous concrete pavers to reduce stormwater runoff.

Graceful Interior Blends with Library’s Original Character
Superior Structures of Tampa, Fla., a commercial contractor, was on the job at Safety Harbor Public Library for a total of 9 months, but not consecutively. The time spent on the project was split up due to phasing. The library was broken into 3 phases – the new South expansion, the new North expansion, and the renovation of the existing structure.

Matching and tying into the existing stucco on the exterior was a challenge. The stucco also included EIFS trim. Superior Structures used Super Stucco by Florida Rock. They also added EIFS bands along with dental molding.

Chad Latham, Project Manager of Superior Structures, enjoyed executing the interior design of Long & Associates. “The radius soffits were very challenging to lay out and execute. We had the help of a track bender from Radius Track. Radius Track makes a much smoother radius, especially in the serpentine soffits around the main floor of the library. The serpentine soffit had to be laid out free hand and they turned out to be spectacular, he related. The drywall finishing was near flawless, clearly shown in the radius entry lobby that is well lit by a high clearstory. We had to tie into existing drywall in this area which is always a bit trickier, but it turned out great.”

The interior drywall used was National Gypsum and the interior metal studs were by Dietrich.

“We are very proud of the Safety Harbor Public Library. It is a clear indication of the scope of work we provide and the quality of the work we do, Latham went on to say. The library was a success for everyone involved.”

Superior Structures is a minority contractor in business since 1997. They specialize in commercial metal stud, drywall, stucco, and EIFS. They also install waterproofing, fireproofing and Specialty Division work. They specialize in institutional work including hospitals, schools, and retail.

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