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Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction

Case-Halstead Library, Carlyle, Poettker Construction Co.

P13 case-halstead-libraryBy ALAN ORTBALS
    The Case-Halstead Library Board held a grand opening ceremony for its new library on Aug. 16, 2014. The new library replaces the existing facility, which was located in a home on the same site that had been donated to the city in 1938. Poettker Construction Company was the construction manager and Arcturis was the architect for the project.

"It was a very congested site as we were building the new facility right next to the existing library," Cory Pritchard, project manager, said. "Our first task was to demolish one wing of the existing library and close it in so we could build just 15 feet away. It was a challenging site in terms of mobilizing contractor crews and equipment while keeping the existing library operational the entire time."

The library board tasked Poettker and Arcturis with making the building as energy efficient and maintenance free as possible throughout design. Therefore, in order to reduce energy bills and operational spending the facility is comprised of a spray cellulose exterior insulation within the cavity space of the exterior wall, an energy efficient HVAC system and glass tinting that helps reflect sunlight. The $3.8 million project was made possible through a State of Illinois Public Library Construction Act Grant and a donation by the Floral Ethel Maddox Trust.

The main lobby features a fireplace with furniture situated around it for visitors to sit down and read a book. Other features of the library include space for a children's and young adult area, community multi-purpose room, a conference room, a heritage room, offices and work areas for library staff, and two kitchenettes. The interior is comprised of cork flooring and lots of windows to provide natural lighting. Construction began last Fall and was completed by the end of July despite the unusually harsh winter weather conditions this past year, said Pritchard.

With the Case-Halstead Library project complete, Poettker Construction continues progress as the construction manager on more than $40 million worth of new construction and renovations including the new Wingate Elementary School in Belleville, Ill., and the new St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Ridgway, Ill., as well as the construction of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) Hall of Fame at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.