Demolition of Washington County library building nearly completed

April 27, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Demolition of the Washington County Free Library's central branch building in Hagerstown is nearly completed, a construction superintendent at the site said Wednesday.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Reporter

HAGERSTOWN — The building demolition phase of the renovation and expansion of the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown is almost finished. Vance Hood, Superintendent of Dustin Construction, says the next phase — site demolition — is about to begin.

"We pretty much gutted the building," he said. "We left one staircase there so workers can get from floor to floor, but eventually that will be gone too."

The site demolition phase will involve ripping up asphalt, getting rid of trees in the way, and clearing up space to actually begin the construction, Hood said.

He said that phase should take about  a month and a half.

"We have to drill through a lot of rock, and that will take a while," he said.

Hood said demolition work should not affect pedestrians and traffic more than earlier work already has. Right now some parking spaces on South Potomac Street. and East Antietam Street. adjacent to the building are blocked off.

"We are trying to keep everything inside the fenced area," he said. "It shouldn't affect traffic other than drivers seeing us working."

Construction on the library renovation began in early February. It is expected to be finished in April 2012, according to an the Washington County Public Works website. Dustin Construction is the contractor for the project, and Bushey Feight Morin Architects is the designer.

The Herald-Mail Articles