May 19, 2011
Roughly 200 attendees celebrated as ground was officially broken on the new Uintah County Library in Vernal, Utah on May 16, 2011. Layton Construction Co., Inc. will build the new facility, which was designed by JWL+BDG Architects.
The 30,000-square-foot building will be more than just a library--it will be a community learning center, filled with books, videos, DVDs, quiet reading and study areas, a book sorting machine, computers and classrooms for public education. The new library will be built on the lot where the Uintah County Jail once stood, just north of the existing library. The existing facility will remain to house a regional history center and store county archives.
Designed as a "green" building, the new library will incorporate several energy and water efficient aspects, including expanses of glass windows in the design of the facility to promote daylighting and automatic sensors in the building to turn off artificial lighting when there is adequate natural light in an effort to reduce lighting costs.
"We are proud to build an investment in your future," Ed Deffner, Layton's project manager for the Uintah County Library project, said at the groundbreaking.
The library is expected to open in the summer of 2012, a day that Deffner said will be one of "pure joy for families in the community."
Layton has completed several other projects in Uintah County in recent years, including the Uintah Community Center and Uintah County Public Safety Complex in 2008 and the Uintah & Daggett County Children's Justice Center in 2009.
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