City Breaks Ground on Newest, $8.3 Million Library
December 11, 2013
Albuquerque, NM— Mayor Richard J. Berry, surrounded by some of Albuquerque’s youngest citizens broke ground with City Councilors and State Legislators this afternoon to build the newest Library in the City of Albuquerque, at the intersection of Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard NW.
"There hasn’t been a new library constructed in the City of Albuquerque in years. One of the best ways to help bring the gift of reading to our children is our library system,” Mayor Berry said. ”We want to thank the multiple leaders and groups who came together to get the construction funded, in particular the State Legislature, and Councilors Sanchez and Benton for using their GO Bond set aside funds."
"As City Councilor for district one, I am proud to be a part of this very important project. One of the ways we empower a community is through literacy and education. With the efforts and teamwork of the community, we were able to obtain $8.3 million to make this project a reality in a short time," Council President Sanchez said. "The Central and Unser library will serve as a valuable resource for many of our families to work on school projects, apply for jobs, and stay engaged in community events. It will also serve as a catalyst to much needed development on the Westside."
The eight point three million dollar project will construct a 25-thousand square foot library that includes: An adult general collections area, adult lounge area, adult computer area, adult reading area, young adult room, three group rooms, children general collections area, children learning center, six children reading areas, children computer area, quite reading room, community lecture room, storytelling /children’s activity room, administrative offices / operations support areas, restrooms and accessory support / utility rooms
In addition to GO Bonds from 2009, 2011 and 2013, funding is also coming from Bernalillo County, the NM State Legislature, and private donations.
"I want to congratulate HB Construction for being awarded the contract to build the new Westside/Southwest library that is slated to begin construction in the very near future,” Newly elected Councilor Klarissa Pena said. “This project will serve as a catalyst for development in our community and will be a tremendous asset for everyone to have access to a state of the art facility to gain information for learning".
Construction, which is expected to take about a year, will be managed by the Department of Municipal Development. Local design company- Rhode May Keller McNamara are the architects, and HB Construction Inc. is the contractor.