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October 6, 2020: Joliet City Council ratifies ordinance for Project Burnham bond sales

The bonds will be paid through library reserves and the Rebuild Illinois Community Development Initiative, a capital improvements grant. In the coming weeks, we will continue meeting with our architects and construction management team on design. Construction is expected to start early next year!

We extend a heartfelt thank you to both Illinois Senator Pat McGuire, who chose Project Burnham as a regional project for the grant, and Illinois Senate President Don Harmon for believing in our vision to be a learning destination in downtown Joliet. 

August 20, 2020: Library Board voted to engage Shales McNutt Construction (SMC) as construction management company for Project Burnham 

After an extensive RFQ process, SMC has been chosen as the construction management company for Project Burnham. SMC has worked on 12 Illinois public library remodeling projects and received glowing reviews. They will soon begin working with Engberg Anderson Architects and library leadership to finish the design. We are hoping to break ground in early February. 

July 27, 2020: Thank you, Senator Pat McGuire! 

On behalf of the Joliet Public Library and our staff members, our Library Board of Trustees and friends of the library in our community, we would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Illinois Senator Pat McGuire for choosing Project Burnham as a regional project for the capital appropriations bill. The funding from this bill will allow us to modernize our historic Ottawa Street building, benefiting generations of Joliet residents for years to come, without additional property tax costs.

Senator McGuire is a true advocate and champion for the library, which stands for literacy and learning, acceptance, inclusivity and community. We thank him for believing in our vision and helping us achieve our full potential, building the library that our great community deserves.

July 21, 2020: Joliet City Council approved the sale of bonds for Project Burnham, which will be paid off through state capital funding over the next six years. 

July 21, 2020: Deadline for Statement of Qualifications 

July 2, 2020: Request for Qualifications: Construction Manager

Addendum #1

June 26, 2020: Joliet Public Library Selected for State Capital Appropriation Bill, Funding for Project Burnham 

The Joliet Public Library is excited to announce that Project Burnham, the library’s plan for the renovation of the interior of its Ottawa Street Branch at 150 North Ottawa Street, will be funded through library reserves and new state capital funding. READ MORE...

March 9, 2020: Engberg Anderson Architects will visit Joliet Public Library's Ottawa Street Branch to meet with staff on March 18 to discuss interior design and the floor plan.

February 24, 2020: Engberg Anderson Architects will visit Joliet Public Library's Ottawa Street Branch to meet with staff on March 4 to discuss mechanical systems.

February 4, 2020: Engberg Anderson Architects visited Joliet Public Library's Ottawa Street Branch to meet with staff and discuss preliminary floor plan




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