Building Updates

Construction Update: October 31, 2018


Walls & Footings: Backfilling/compacting of column and elevator footings in process; Pour 1 walls were poured and covered with concrete blankets; Pour 2 walls were being formed up.

Columns: Formwork for the Columns along Grid B at Grid 3 & 4 were evaluated for air voids; recommendations made for adjusting concrete placing and vibration techniques.

Construction Update: October 17, 2018


Footings: Dick Anderson crews removed formwork from Tuesday’s pour and backfilling/compacting. Formwork is staged along the North edge of the site and formwork is being constructed. Excavations of future footings took place simultaneously with the backfilling/compacting work.

Other: The crane has been assembled and prepared for column and wall installation. Rebar is staged in the SW corner of the site and an area prepared for pre-tying of rebar curtains and columns. Temporary power is in place.

Construction Update: October 3, 2018


Reinjection Well Drilling: AK Drilling onsite drilling for the Reinjection Well. Depth was at 120’ at the time of observation. Morrison-Maierle on-site sampling.

Civil Work: Civil subcontractor removing overburden from the site. A good portion of the footings have been fine graded along the North, East, & West sides of the building.

Footings: Dick Anderson crews building footing formwork in preparation of pours next week. First load of rebar for the footings arrived.

Telecommunications: Blackfoot Communications placed a vault in the NE corner of the site. Blackfoot personnel met with Dick Anderson onsite to to coordinate.

New Traffic Plan


Beginning late September, driving lanes surrounding all four sides of the 400 block of E. Main will be reduced to one lane. Adams and Jefferson will become one-way streets: Adams (south bound), Jefferson (north bound). Streetside parking around the block will be reduced, and temporary pedestrian walkways will be developed.

Summer 2018


June and July were spent finalizing building permits, securing a Guaranteed Maximum Price for the project, and authorizing the financing mechanisms needed to begin construction. On August 1, ground was broken for the new library-museum complex. Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included: Rita Henkel, library board of trustees chair; Frank Scariano, library foundation chair; Mayor John Engen; County commissioner Jean Curtiss; and Missoula Downtown Partnership director Linda McCarthy. Excavation began in August. In September, streets surrounding the block will be modified, according to a City-approved plan, to accommodate construction equipment and vehicles.

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.