Building Updates

May 2018


Focus of work has been on realigning early cost estimates with current prices of materials/labor. Tri-County Mechanical & Electrical contracted for HVAC system. MPL and MCT were temporarily taken off line and then reconnected to newly installed electrical line on new property. Library’s partners (Families First/Children’s Museum, UM spectrUM, MCAT) discussing building signage and finalizing exhibit plans. Missoula Redevelopment Association pledged $500K to the “All Under One Roof” capital campaign.

March 2018


Northwestern Energy is installing new power lines from Madison Street to the new site. This upgrade will benefit the entire neighborhood, including Missoula Community Theatre. The Library has agreed to meet new Missoula City Council conditions for sidewalk construction that prioritize and widen boulevard landscaping along Jefferson, Adams, and Front streets. Rita Henkel, chair of the Library Board of Trustees, has given A&E Architects and MSR Design final approval to finish design development documents. Representatives of the library-museum collaborative and design team are currently studying and finalizing plans for key interactive STEM installations for the shared youth services area. Library administration is developing plans for increasing access to social services navigation for library users. The All Under One Roof capital campaign has raised $4.75M of its $5.5M goal.

December 2017


401 EAST MAIN. All deconstruction that had been planned for fall/winter has been completed. Contractor has salvaged lumber and roof materials from the former school house on northwest corner. Soil to be tested in mid-December.

DESIGN. Library leaders and architects continue to discuss future parking options with the City. Architects are in the process of finalizing energy models for the building and the 2030 net zero energy goal.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. Year-end donations for the new library are being solicited in advance of a Dec 31 finance update. In December Missoula Public Library is also a traditional one-stop community giving location for local charities including the Food Bank, Youth Homes, and the YWCA.

November 2017


401 EAST MAIN. Deconstruction and demolition of the site is underway. Library administration is reviewing coffee shop proposal for the new building, and discussing safety protocols of both the current and future Library property with the Missoula Police Department. Capital Campaign: final deadline for legacy opportunities (donor-named areas) has been set for February 1, 2018.

October 2017


401 EAST MAIN. Asbestos Abatement completed. Archeological Study complete, recommendation received. Removal of items of local interest from the buildings for use in the new project. Deconstruction of the schoolhouse to determine original size and placement of the bell tower to begin. Partners & Programs: Analyzing/curating displays and experiences for second-floor children’s areas. Capital Campaign: $3.6M of $5M goal raised in private funds.