The Medina Library tile project is progressing at a moderate pace, featuring completed areas and new areas being prepared for work.
The tile project is continuing through the winter and into 2019 thanks to crews tenting and heating work areas.
This has allowed the library to remain open with minimal distractions to patrons visit the location at 210 S. Broadway St.
The tile project involves replacing 13,820 square feet of tile on the exterior walls of the library at a cost of about $1 million. Water had been seeping behind tiles on the library installed 10 years ago during renovations and an expansion.
The library has filed a lawsuit in Medina County Common Pleas Court against several parties involved in the original project including architect David Milling and Associates; Marble Restoration Inc., the tile contractor; and general contractor Henele Builders Inc., among others.
EnviroCom Construction Inc. of Beachwood is handling the repairs.
Tina Sabol, the district library’s community engagement manager, said in an email Wednesday that there are a number of aspects of the project still to be completed. However, the work has progressed nicely.
Eight parking spaces on the east side of the building have reopened. The sidewalks and stairs to the main entry are also open. Tile work on the north side of the library should be completed by late February, she wrote.
The project timeline states work may begin on the Medina Library’s main entrance (south rotunda) starting next week. The east facing doors of the main entry are already closed and will remain closed for the duration of the project.
Sabol said the automatic west-facing doors of the main entry will be open for the duration of this portion of the project.
However, there will be days because of safety that the main entry will close while crews remove tile, windows, or while they are building scaffolding. During these times patrons may enter the building from the South Broadway Street entrance.
Patrons may also use the walk-up book drop near the Broadway Street entry to deposit materials before entering the building. The drive-up book drop will be open for the duration of the project. Library materials may be returned to any MCDL location and both Medina Buehler’s Fresh Foods locations, on Forest Meadows and Medina Road.
Project leaders estimate temporary closings of the main entry will be intermittent for six to eight weeks and be mostly limited to the library hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The main entry should be open after 4 p.m. and on weekends.
“There could a few days where the main entry needs to be closed through the evening and until our crews arrive in the morning,” said Brad Burns, project superintendent with EnviroCom Construction. “We will do everything we can to limit these instances.”
The parking deck in the courthouse lot provides ample parking during busy times.
The Garfield Elementary School lot is open for library parking after school hours and weekends.