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  Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library ExpansionUpper Tampa Bay Regional Library Expansion

Architect, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

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

General Description

Location: Tampa, Florida
Date Bid: Aug 2012 Construction Period: Jan 2013 to Dec 2013
Total Square Feet: 13,630 Site: 8.2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Addition, 11,430 square feet; Renovation, 2,200 square feet of existing 14,900 square feet; total, 13,630 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 32’ 2”; total, 32’ 2”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Civil Engineer: Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, Inc. - 311 N. Newport Avenue, #100, Tampa, FL 33606
General Contractor: Williams Company - 5402 Beaumont Center Boulevard, #114, Tampa, FL 33634
Landscape Architect: Anderson Lesniak Ltd., Inc. - 4921 S. Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33611

The original building was a 15,000 square foot regional library in Hillsborough County, Florida, constructed in 2005. With subsequent population growth in the area it serves, the facility needed to grow to better serve the community. The 11,000 square foot addition was commissioned to provide additional Reading, Children's and Multi-Purpose space along with a new larger Community Room and Pantry, Restroom facilities and Storage. The interior renovation contains a new Vending Cafe, "Friends of the Library" bookstore, and Teen area. The layout of the new spaces provide flexibility to meet current and future program and technology needs while providing efficient circulation and controlled access where required.

There are always challenges when adding onto an existing building. The new spaces were constructed to match the structural systems of the original building including load bearing concrete masonry and light gauge steel truss roof structure. Likewise, new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protections systems were designed to be compatible with the existing systems while expanding capacity and meeting the latest Building Code requirements.

Visually, the challenge was to complement and enhance the aesthetic image of the original building in order to create a seamless connection between existing, new, and remodeled areas, inside and out. This was accomplished by matching existing materials, colors and design elements. Effort was made to replicate the existing precast concrete trim, brick masonry, asphalt shingle roof and decorative columns on the exterior of the additions. The result is an updated and expanded library capable of meeting the needs of the community for years to come.

Product Information
Roofing: GAF Windows: PGT
Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America
Automatic Entrances: Stanley Access Technology
Folding Partitions: Hufcor
Flooring: Tandus, Armstrong, American Olean
Interior: USG Sheetrock
Lighting: Lithonia

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