by John Steinberger | December 4, 2018 12:43 pm
Ground was broken Tuesday for the Bees Ferry West Ashley Library, which will be located adjacent to West Ashley High School on Wildcat Boulevard. When completed in the first quarter of 2020, the 20,000 square foot facility will become the third library to serve the 75,000 residents in West Ashley. It was funded through a $108.5 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014 to build five new libraries and renovate 13 existing ones. The construction of the West Ashley facility will cost $9.8 million and outfitting it will cost another $2 million.
Designed by Greenville architecture firm McMillan Pazdan Smith, the library will include a 100-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, two teen study rooms, a children’s story area, a space for working on home improvement and technology projects, and a learning lab to teach computer and social media skills to patrons of all ages. The auditorium and meeting spaces fill a big need in West Ashley for civic engagement venues. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg called it a big part of the ongoing West Ashley revitalization process. He said, “Great libraries build communities.”
One of the unique design features is a 26-foot high tinted glass window which overlooks a wetlands area. There will also be two landscaped outdoor patio spaces, one of which is designated for children. The library will be equipped with 51 computer terminals for patrons and will have food and beverage vending machines.
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