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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 06/20/2013
Subject :

Groundbreaking for Palo Alto Main Library Expansion and Renovation Project
Contact : Monique le Conge, Library Director    (650) 329-2516
Palo Alto, CA - A groundbreaking event for the Palo Alto Main Library Expansion and Renovation Project is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, 2013 beginning at 2 PM at 1213 Newell Road. The event is free and open to the public.

"Libraries are so important to the character of Palo Alto, and we are excited to begin the process of transforming the Main Library into a more modern 21st century facility while still retaining its historic beauty and presence," said Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd.  "As a testament to the sound fiscal management, the City recently received the highest Triple A bond rating for the general obligation bonds for the Main Library Project, and that will save money.”

S.J. Amoroso from Redwood Shores is the prime contractor for the project, which has an estimated completion date of December 2014. The project includes a new 4,000 square foot addition with a high-tech program room, four group-study rooms, a teen center and extensive site improvements, including a new connection between the Art Center parking lot and the Main Library parking lot, public art, historic restoration, and green building upgrades for LEED certification of the project.  The construction contract of $17.7 million is funded by the 2008 Measure N bond. 

Main Library was designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and opened in 1958.  The architect for this expansion and renovation project is Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc. based in South San Francisco.  Construction management is being provided by NOVA Partners, Inc., of Palo Alto.  More information about the project including artist renderings is available at this link.

Main Library is the third and final project to be funded by Measure N bond proceeds.  Both Standard and Poor's (S&P) and Moody's awarded their highest credit ratings, Triple A, to the second series General Obligation Bonds for the Main Library project.  A related press release is available at this link.

The Downtown Library renovation and the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center are the other two projects funded by Measure N.  Downtown Library reopened in July 2011.  Mitchell Park Library is expected to open in late 2013 and project details are available at this link.

For more information about the groundbreaking event check the city's website at