Demolition phase of Washington County Free Library is complete

June 14, 2011
  • The Washington County Free Library Expansion project is in the midst of the excavation process.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer

The demolition phase of the project to renovate and expand the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown has been completed, according to Rob Slocum, deputy director of Public Works for Washington County.

"The demolition was done to the extent necessary," he said. "What you see now is what will remain part of the library after the process is finished."

Slocum said that workers now can focus on the excavation process, which involves laying the foundation for the building.

"We can begin building on the structure that's in place," he said.

He said there were some delays in the excavation process.

"Any time we've dug around the city we've seen things we didn't expect," he said. "That's just what happens sometimes; you never know what you're going to see."

Twenty-four vertical cylinders, known as caissons, are being installed to help give the building a support system, Slocum said. He added that four caissons have already been installed.

After the foundation in completed, Slocum said, people will start to see changes to the building in a few months.

Work on the library renovation project began in early February and is expected to be completed in April 2012, according to the Washington County Public Works website.

Dustin Construction is the contractor for the project, and Bushey Feight Morin Architects is the designer.

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