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The Historic Renovation

North Branch Library Becomes EMERGE Career and Technology Center

HistoricRenovationWe have renovated the building in a way consistent with keeping both the inside and outside of the building on the National Historic Register. EMERGE started the capital campaign for the project in 2008. It took five years to raise the $6.5 million required to renovate this building. All renovation plans needed to be approved by the Department of the Interior and National Park Service.

Window restoration was particularly challenging and costly. Rather than being replaced, windows were removed, repaired, and lead paint was stripped. Replicas were made of existing leaded windows on the ground floor. Total window cost was approximately $250,000.

Another major expense in the historical renovation was brick repair. Many exterior bricks were damaged, and masons chipped each one out individually. Replacement bricks of the correct color were found in Iowa.

The National Register requires that all heating/cooling ductwork and plumbing be hidden, as it is not historical. This requirement is the most expensive difference between a regular renovation and a historical renovation. Credenzas, book shelves, and other historically-consistent pieces were built to cover and hide the ductwork, in historic parts of the building.

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