Library Building Project

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Investing in the Community: The Wadleigh Library Building Project


Behind the Scenes @ the Wadleigh Library

Photos and descriptions documenting structural, systems and overall building problems (Oct 2014)

Presentation materials for Town Capital Improvement Plan Committee

Supplemental documents for 2013 Request For Proposal–Design & Cost Analysis

Schematics for Existing Structure


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  1. Ouellette

    I do not like the proposed exterior architectural design at all. It is completely out of character with the surrounding “traditional” appearance of nearby buildings-the “Mom & Pop” businesses, Town Hall, adjacent residences and the buildings on and near the Oval, including Post Office. Milford is a small New England town. This design doesn’t reflect that. It is just a large box. It has no character. It looks like it belongs in a large city that has glass and steel highrises, not the center of a small New England town. Whether I agree with the need for a new facility or not, I’m sure a new building could be designed that is evocative of our New England tradition. This design will look completely out of place.

    1. Michelle

      I apologize for not responding sooner but I just now saw your comment for the first time. Since the time you wrote it, I do hope you’ve had a chance to attend one of our Open Houses. We’ve had two so far to not only solicit feedback and get input, but to show residents some of the “behind the scenes” structural and building issues we’ve been dealing with for several years now. One of the things that happened after our most recent Open House: we’ve changed the look of the roof line and facade. After tonight’s presentation to the Budget Advisory Committee, I’ll be posting the powerpoint slides which include the updated designs.

      We appreciate your feedback and if you haven’t had the opportunity to attend an Open House, our third one is scheduled for Sunday, January 25th from 3-5pm. We hope you can make it!

      Michelle Sampson
      Library Director

  2. Jeff McGrath

    That statement from Mr. Ouellete is the consensus of the many people that I have spoken to about the project.

  3. David

    Are the brochures, maps and plans we’ve seen posted at the library online anywhere? I’d like to link some out-of-state former residents to them.

    1. Katie

      David – I added links to the FAQ sheet and brochure available at the library (underneath the first slideshare presentation). Most of the information on the large maps & plans on display are included in these handouts.

  4. Julia

    Maybe I missed it, but where will the fountain be moved if the new library is built? It’s small but it is apart of our history & belongs on the library grounds. I’ve been in milford for almost 30 years and it’s always been there and needs to be included in the plans.

    1. Michelle

      Hi Julia,

      Thank you for your message. We love the fountain as much as you do and as of right now, there are absolutely no plans to move it.

      There has been discussion in the past about possibly moving it inside the new building (to protect it from the elements, once it’s had some badly needed conservation/preservation work), but as things currently stand, the plan is to keep it in its present location. If you click on the first rendering at the top of this page, then scroll all the way to the right, you can actually see the shadow/outline of the fountain on the lawn–in its current location.

      To hear more about the proposed project and to ask any and all questions of our trustees, Facilities Manager and architect, we’ll be holding our third Open House on Sunday, January 25th from 3-5pm. We hope you can drop in!


  5. Amy Wilson

    I’m very happy to see these changes and think the proposed exterior looks very nice. Milford is growing and our community deserves a modern, bright space to gather and share our love of reading. Libraries of the future will hold so much more than books, and I’m glad to see the Wadleigh is being updated to reflect its developing role.

    1. Michelle Sampson

      Many thanks for your kind words and support for our project! Because the cost of the project will be paid with a bond, we must receive a 60% majority of the vote on Tuesday, March 10. Please remember to vote (and tell all your friends)! If you’re not a registered voter, NH allows for same day registration right there at the polls (Milford Middle School on Osgood Road).

      Thank you again for being our cheerleader!

      Michelle Sampson
      Library Director

  6. Kirk Searle

    How will removing the existing structures “to the foundation” address the problem of the failing cast iron pipes embedded in the foundation? This problem was prominently mentioned in a couple of the presentations. Thanks!

    1. Michelle Sampson

      Dear Mr. Searle,

      Many thanks for your question. When the current library structure is razed, the rebuild will retain the current *footprint* of the foundation, but the actual foundation walls and floor slabs will be replaced. Initially it was our hope that we could retain and reuse all of the foundation, thereby saving some money, but given the deep cracks we have in many areas, along with the encased piping issue, we came to the conclusion that this would be highly unlikely.

      I hope this answers your question. A reminder that we have a fourth, and final, Open House scheduled on Sunday, March 8 from 3-5pm. Our architect, facilities manager and trustees will be on hand to answer any other questions you might have. We’ll also have a “behind the scenes” tour of the current building.

      Thank you again for your message~

      Michelle Sampson
      Library Director

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