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NEw LIBRARY PROJECT

Clearview Library District Building Program: It’s All About the People.

The Clearview Library District is considering a mill levy increase to pay for the construction and operation of a larger, more central library facility that better serves the growing communities of Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. 

A new, 35,000-square-foot library facility would house:

  • State-of-the-art technology
  • A multi-purpose community meeting room
  • Dedicated quiet space
  • Collaboration space
  • A phenomenal children’s area
  • Access to more resources, popular materials, and programming

Read more about the proposed new library here. 

The Team

Architects – Barker Rinker Seacat
Owner’s Rep – Dan Spykstra, Wember, Inc.
Construction Manager at Risk – Fransen Pittman General Contractors
Financing – RBC Capital
Design Advisory Committee
Bob Hix, Clearview Library District Foundation Director
Joann Perko, Library Board President
Katie Scherer, Library Board Secretary
Julie Stout, Library District resident
Joyce Johnson, Library Foundation President
Ann Kling, Director
Bud Hunt, IT & Technical Services Manager
Casey Lansinger, Public Services Manager

Frequently Asked Questions
    • As with other public amenities in our area, the demand for our services has grown. We are taking the lead from other public services that are building for the future. From a new recreation center to a new high school in Severance to the Innovation Center that is coming to Windsor High School-these projects show our community’s commitment to providing exemplary and modern public services and facilities to benefit citizens and add to our community’s exceptional reputation. These projects inspired our Clearview Library District Board, staff and Foundation to imagine what a 35,000-square-foot facility with, state-of-the-art technology, a multi-purpose community meeting room, dedicated quiet space, and a phenomenal children’s area would add to our community.

    • A new facility will provide ample shelf-space for the resources our library patrons expect and the floor-space for the technology they want to utilize. It will also provide space needed for popular programs that fill up quickly, such as children’s story times and teen and adult cooking and crafting events. It will give us the space we need to meet the varied needs of our children, senior citizens and everyone in between, as well as the workspace our staff needs to repair books, organize materials for reshelving, assemble crafts for popular programs, and provide excellent service.

    • We intend to add the greatest value for the greatest number of citizens and community organizations in our area, which is why the new library will feature a large community room that can be used to conduct training, seminars, and informational meetings. It will be one of the few community facilities in the area that is able to accommodate large-scale events.

    • During the spring/summer of 2017, the Clearview Library District will work with an architectural firm to gather community input and develop a design and corresponding budget for the facility. Based on community feedback, the Clearview Library District Board of Directors will vote in August on whether to propose a November 2017 ballot initiative to ask voters to fund the construction and operation of a new facility. If approved by voters, construction would begin early the following year and take approximately one year to complete.

    • It is estimated that the building will cost $25 million dollars including development of the site, cost of building materials and labor, architect and project management fees, furniture, fixtures and equipment, landscaping, and operating costs. The cost to homeowners is estimated at $5 a month for a $300,000 residential property. Note that this cost may change based upon updated assessed value figures received in August, 2017.

    • In December 2016,  the library purchased property which is located at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. (View the property here.)This is an investment property for the library and a potential future library site. It is large enough to serve Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. This location is the geographic heart of our district. (Here is a link to our district map.) Being on Main Street will make the library more visible in the community, and we expect it will bring more foot traffic to the library and surrounding businesses. 

    • In January 2016, the Library Board, Downtown Development Agency and Town of Windsor received a matching grant from the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs. The grant funded a study of five sites in the downtown Windsor area and immediately outside the downtown area as potential locations for a new building. All of the properties were judged on the same set of criteria including site capacity, image/visual quality, visibility, accessibility, demographic patterns, neighborhood compatibility, legal matters, availability of utilities, physiography, and cost effectiveness. Of the properties studied, the Greenspire property emerged as the best site for a variety of reasons:  affordability, geographic heart of the district, visibility, adequate space to build a 35,000 sq. ft. building with sufficient parking. The Library Board voted to purchase the Greenspire property; the closing was held on Dec. 15, 2016.

    • We expect that by the time the new library is built, the area will be much more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly than it is today. The Town of Windsor’s strategic plan details its commitment to a thoughtful framework and supportive infrastructure, which includes a traffic and roadways initiative that will positively impact all of Main Street, including the future library site.

    • If funding for a new facility is approved, the 3rd Street building will be sold, and the library will relocate once the new building is complete (about a year). Financially, the library cannot afford the overhead and maintenance costs associated with multiple facilities. While this facility would no longer house our library, we care about the neighborhood and what happens to the building. We are committed to working with our neighbors and potential buyers to ensure a good fit for everyone.

    • As good stewards of taxpayer dollars the Library focuses on fiscal responsibility when it comes to its budget. It is more cost effective to build one large library for the District than it would be to operate two smaller facilities which would not be able to provide the features that have been asked for by the people who use the library. As you may know, the Clearview Library District offers satellite programs at the Town Hall in Severance as well as Range View Elementary for children and adults. The bookmobile also stops by Town Hall on Tuesday mornings and Range View Elementary on Friday afternoons.

    • Yes. The bookmobile will continue to travel to neighborhoods in Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley.

    • In February 2016, Humphries Poli Architects conducted a “Mindbreaking” event with members of the community to launch the design process for a potential new library. In early 2017, the library received more than 1,800 responses to a survey and conducted focus groups with patrons and staff members. On April 4, 2017, the library along with its architect, Barker, Rinker, Seacat Design Firm (BRS),  held a community meeting to share the architectural plans for the new facility. Another public meeting was held on May 17th. A third meeting will be held on Monday, July 10 at 5:30 in the Windsor Severance Library, 720 Third St., Windsor. Drawings of the new building will be on display in the Library and at public events around the District.

    • You can. Download our handbill here

    • Weld County has election information here

Watch this space for information on the new building as the project progresses.

September 18, 2017 – Public Meeting Announcement

Join us on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Windsor-Severance Library, 720 Third St., Windsor for the fourth meeting on the design of the new library.

The Clearview Library District and the Design Team have worked together to refine the exterior building & site design to meet the goals of the project and reflect the inspiration of the area. We are excited to update you on how the interior architecture will look & feel, and how it may help to serve the needs of the community.

Join us for light refreshments and an opportunity to further explore together!

Take a sneak peek at several of the new library interiors - links below are best viewed on a mobile device:

The Community Room

The Entry Atrium

The Childrens Library

August 10, 2017 – Library Board Votes to Refer Funding for New Library to November Ballot

The Clearview Library District Board of Directors voted on Thursday, August 10, to refer a question to the November 2017 ballot asking voters for a mill levy increase to pay for the construction and operation of a larger, more central Clearview Library District facility. If funded by voters, a new $25 million, 37,000-square-foot facility will be built at the intersection of Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. This is the geographic heart of the Clearview Library District.

“There has been an influx of residents into Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley,” said Board President Joann Perko. “Today the library serves 23,000 residents and circulates twice as many items as it did just 10 years ago. In those same 10 years, the library has experienced a 770% increase in attendance at children’s library programs.”

The library has held three community meetings to obtain input from the community about the components and design of a new library. The public has been clear about its desire for more technology, a multipurpose community meeting room, a dedicated quiet space, collaboration spaces, a more robust children’s area, and outdoor spaces for everyone.

“We are proud of how many people we serve on a regular basis in our community. Over 25,000 people interact with the library every month,” said Perko. Perko also shared that more than 45,000 people attended library programs in 2016. “A new library will allow Clearview Library District to provide patrons with access to more resources, popular materials, and programs.”

A campaign committee in support of the new library has been formed, Yes 2 Our Library, and will begin its efforts to persuade voters about the need for a new library this fall. Community members interested in volunteering with the campaign should contact Joyce Johnson, 970-686-7836.

If voters approve the funding in November 2017, the library will open in 2019.

July 10, 2017 – Public Meeting Announcement

Join us on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Windsor-Severance Library, 720 Third St., Windsor for the third meeting on the design of the new library.

The Library District and the Design Team have taken your feedback of the design options and have worked together to come up with a design direction for the floor plan and exterior for the new library. We are excited to share how the spaces have formed, how they interact with the outdoor spaces, and how the team has collaborated on a design direction as we move forwrd into the upcoming design phases. 

Light refreshements will be served. Child care will be provided. 

June 27, 2017 – Message from the Director

There is a lot of buzz about growth in our community, and there has been for many years now. The library, like other services in our area, is planning for how to best serve the influx of residents into Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. We are grappling with how to serve 23,000 residents in a facility originally built to serve 10,000; how to keep up with the demands of circulating 386,932 items, more than twice the number of items we circulated just 10 years ago; and how to accommodate the 770% increase in attendance at children’s programs in that same timeframe.

As you may know, the Clearview Library District is considering a mill levy increase to pay for the construction and operation of a larger, more central library facility that will better serve the growing communities of Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. A new 35,000-square-foot library facility would house state-of-the-art technology, a multipurpose community meeting room, a dedicated quiet space, collaboration spaces, a phenomenal children’s area, and outdoor spaces for everyone. Continue reading.

May 17, 2017

“I'm encouraged and happy to see the Clearview Library keeping an eye on the future and looking for ways to better serve the community.” – Clearview Library District Patron, February 2017

Last month, we invited our community to imagine with us, what a 35,000-square-foot library facility would add to our community. You gave us a lot of great ideas! On May 17—5:30-7:30pm at the Windsor-Severance Library—we invite you back to look at concepts for inside spaces and outdoor areas. We’ll share our ideas, and ask for yours, to make the new library a useful, exciting and sustainable community destination. This is your opportunity to weigh in on a future library for our community. We need your help in putting forth a plan that will offer the biggest value for the money invested, and provide unique amenities and services in our area. We have the unique opportunity here to create a physical gateway to our community and usher in a new era of library services.

April 4, 2017

While other public services in our area build for the future, the Clearview Library District is also considering expansion options that will allow us to keep pace with our growing community. Join us on April 4, from 5:30-7pm, at the Windsor-Severance Library to weigh in on a future library for our community.

This meeting will be an opportunity to give your feedback on the amenities and resources you would want a new library to provide. We have hired an architecture firm to draw plans for a library to be located on property we own at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. During the April 4 meeting, the architects will share information about the design process as well as the timeline. The Clearview Library District may ask voters to fund a new library through a ballot initiative this November.

February, 24, 2017

Update on a New Library for Windsor, Severance and West Greeley

Barker, Rinker, Seacat was approved as the Design Firm for the new library at the Feb. 23rd meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clearview Library District. Library Staff and the Board’s Library Design Committee along with Dan Spykstra of Wember Associates will hold a kick-off meeting to discuss a plan of action and timeline for the design of the building on Monday, Mar. 6th. For more information on Barker, Rinker, Seacat, visit their website.

A Message from Clearview Library District Director, Ann Kling: December 21, 2016

The Clearview Library District has served its community for nearly a century. During this time, we have evolved from simply a place where people access popular materials and meet to discuss them, to a place that brings popular materials to the community online and via a bookmobile, and provides a space for children and adults alike to explore, learn, and discover through books and so much more.

If it has been a while since you visited the Library, I encourage you to stop by. You will find that, similar to other public amenities in our area, the demand for our services has grown and continues to grow by the day. Over the course of a month, 25,000 people visit the Library and we are quickly running out of space.

We are running out of shelf-space for resources our library patrons expect, as well as floor-space for the technology they want to utilize. We are running out of space to host popular programs, such as children’s storytimes and adult cooking and crafting events. We are running out of space that meets the diverse needs of our children and senior citizens and everyone in between.

We are not alone in this challenge and are taking our lead from other public services in our area that are building for the future. From a new Rec Center to a new high school in Severance, and the Innovation Center coming to Windsor High School―these projects show just how invested our community is in providing exemplary and modern public services and facilities that benefit citizens and add to our community’s exceptional reputation. These projects have inspired our Clearview Library District Board, staff, and Foundation to imagine what a 30,000-square-foot facility with, for example, state-of-the-art technology, a multi-purpose community meeting room, dedicated quiet space, and a phenomenal children’s area would add to our community.

One of the challenges we face in envisioning a new library is that land was not offered nor donated for the project. Instead, on December 15, 2016, the Library purchased a property located at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. We have designated this area as a future library site, large enough to serve Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley and save us the overhead and maintenance costs that would come with multiple facilities.

We have taken to heart the town and school district’s extensive efforts in recent years to seek community input for their projects, and similarly, in the new year, we will invite all Clearview Library District citizens to weigh in. We will take feedback on what amenities and resources you want the new library to provide through a survey on our website and in-person community meetings. We will also be reaching out to our partners in the community (community clubs and organizations, the town and the school district, the faith community, and others) for suggestions on how a new library can serve their needs and for a discussion on future options for the library’s current facility (720 3rd Street), so it can continue to serve the community once we have relocated.

We know that our community values fiscal responsibility just as much as it values exemplary services. We are committed to putting forth a plan to the voters next November that offers the biggest value for the money invested, as well as amenities and services that cannot be found anywhere else in our community. We are intent on adding the greatest value to the greatest number of citizens and community organizations, public entities, and businesses in our area.

We look forward to hearing from you in the new year. In the meantime, please check our website for updates, and if you have comments and questions, send them to connect@clearviewlibrary.org.

Mindbreaking: February 24, 2016

Check out this article in the Windsor Now on our Mindbreaking event.

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