KAYSVILLE - Construction on the new Kaysville Branch Library is expected to start shortly.
“We’re on track, everything is going smoothly,” said Barry Burton, Davis County Planner and project manager. “We’re expecting to get underway on construction in about a month.”
That news is coupled with announcement of a $250,000 grant from the Simmons Family Foundation. Funds from the late Kaysville couple are due to be used to assist in construction, furnishing and “artistic enhancement” of the branch, a press release from the Davis County Library said.
The donation is being made in honor of Roy and Tibby Simmons, who raised their family in the Kaysville and Layton area.
“We’ve just about made final decisions about paint, carpet, etc.,” said Library Director Chris Sanford.
Meanwhile, bids were due to be opened by the Davis County Commission last Tuesday. Eleven construction firms have expressed interest in bidding on the project, which is projected to cost between $3 million and $3.3 million. Furnishings aren’t included in that estimate.
FFKR Architects of Salt Lake City is designing the building.
The new library will cover 15,000 square feet, far bigger than the existing 6,000 square foot space, which includes an art gallery in that space.
“We are also improving the collection so we can open with a nice, full, robust library,” Sanford said. A collection of 83,000 to 85,000 items is anticipated.
In addition to the Simmons donation, the Kaysville Library Endowment Fund has given funds to help “refresh the collection. We’ve begun ordering. Those books are coming in, being stored off-site so when we’re ready to open the library we will be able to open with that collection,” she said.
“There has been a lot of interest,” Sanford said. That’s aided by construction to the north of the existing library on the city’s new police station.
“Nods to the past” are included in building and site design, Sanford said. That includes a planned dry creek bed and orchard.
Most of the trees in the orchard will be ornamental, Burton said. At least one will be an early Elberta Peach, which was developed near the site.
The library is being incorporated into the corner of Heritage Park, which has a historic element. The area was home to an old mill and is near the old city center.
The exterior will feature stonework and brick, reflective of a brick works that operated nearby.
The building will include a large auditorium, capable of seating 180 people, as well as a fireplace.
The auditorium will be named after Roy and Tibby Simmons.
The fireplace will have cobalt blue tile incorporated into the design, which is what is part of the fireplace in the gallery in the current library, Sanford said.
“We’ve designed what we think is a building that is attractive on the outside, but equally or more importantly, allows us to offer library service at the maximum capacity of our abilities,” she said. “It will serve the citizens for many years to come and will be a great community gathering place.”