LANCASTER, PA — High Construction Company was awarded the contract, as the project's prime contractor, to build a one-story, $5.3 million Public Library for Manheim Township in Lancaster County, Pa. The new, 20,692-square-foot library will be built in the Overlook Park at 2095 Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township.
The new library has long been a dream for many members of the Manheim Township community and now is on its way to becoming a reality. The library will transform its hilltop setting from a rocky knoll to a pinnacle of knowledge. In keeping with the area's rich agricultural heritage, Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site took the inspiration for the library's design from agrarian references. The building's profile is interpreted as a collection of "book barns" and features a silo that houses the Children's Story-Time Room. The silo is also already reflected in the library's new logo. The exterior design features stone and vertically placed fiber-cement siding, and metal roofing. Gable-end windows are narrow and elongated, resembling the vertical ventilation slits of barns. The grounds will be landscaped with native foliage and will include outdoor reading areas, a terrace, and gardens. Sustainable design methods and materials will be incorporated into the construction of the new building.
The farm theme continues inside, with exposed beams from the timber-framed construction, stamped concrete flooring that simulates wood plank, and a rolling door entrance to a Program Center that resembles a barn door. Other features of the new library include wireless Internet access, the flexible-use Program Center seating 200 people, a Teen Center, a Used Bookstore & Cafe, self-check-out stations, outdoor lockers for after-hours material pick-ups, and a separate children's library.
The new Library is scheduled to welcome its first visitors in July of 2010.
About High Construction Company
Recognized as the 2007 and 2008 General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractor's Association of Central Pennsylvania, High Construction Company provides design-build, general contracting, and construction management services throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. High Construction specializes in the commercial, manufacturing, processing, distribution, education, hospitality, retail, health care, and multi-family residential markets. The family-owned business is headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., and employs over 60 professionals. High Construction is an affiliate of High Real Estate Group, which also includes Greenfield Architects Ltd., High Associates Ltd., High Investors Ltd., and High Hotels Ltd. For more information about High Construction, call (717) 291-2276 or visitwww.HighConstruction.com.