Calvin Leloup

Library construction progressing

Crews are at work on the construction of Summerland’s new library building.

Crews are at work on the construction of Summerland’s new library building.

The foundations have been poured and workers want to have the roof in place before the end of this year.

“It’s been going along just as we expected. We’re certainly moving forward,” said Michele Rule, communications manager for the Okanagan Regional Library.

She said the fast pace of work is necessary in order to have the new building completed in spring.

“We want to be open in June,” Rule said. “That doesn’t afford too many down days.”

The site of the building on Main Street was formerly the location of the Summerland Arts Centre and a garage.

The new building, at 743 square metres, will be more than twice the size of the existing library space on Wharton Street, which measures 316 square metres.

Rule said the public response to the new building has been positive.

Earlier, as the plans for the library were being considered, the Okanagan Regional Library held open houses and meetings to gain public input.

“We did so much consultation with this project,” Rule said.