Fairbury Public Library

Fairbury, NE

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Fairbury, NE

The Fairbury Public Library retained Berggren Architects to design an addition to their present Carnegie Library. We studied the materials used in the existing facility, the configuration of brick, moldings and trim as well as the overall circulation i …

Location

Fairbury, NE

Build Date

1909

Project Date

1986-2010

Additional Info

The Fairbury Public Library retained Berggren Architects to design an addition to their present Carnegie Library. We studied the materials used in the existing facility, the configuration of brick, moldings and trim as well as the overall circulation in and around the facility. We designed an addition which is compatible with the existing historic library and is in scale with the surrounding neighborhood.

Like many of our past and present clients the Fairbury Library Foundation enlisted our service for preliminary design and cost estimates. Their ability to raise the appropriate financing relied heavily on the accuracy and artistic presentations of their project. In the case of the Fairbury Library Addition, the Library Foundation was able to raise the financing in 18 months approximately one half of the anticipated fund raising time. The project is now complete with minimal change from the preliminary design. The original budget was $188,000 for which we estimated 2,100 square feet of facility could be built. The Library Board elected to have us design 2,500 square feet (approximately a 20% increase). The low bid of $208,000 is only 10% greater than our original estimate.

Fairbury Public Library