Celebrate progress to build the new University Place Civic Building and Library at a Topping Off Ceremony, Monday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting at University Place City Hall, 3715 Bridgeport Way West, then moving to the site of the new building.
The topping off ceremony marks the completion of the skeletal steel structure of the civic and library building.
“This is not only a symbolic event, it points out an important milestone in the construction of the building and brings University Place residents one step closer to their new library,“ said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library System. “Almost every day we hear from people who are clamoring for a bigger, more contemporary library in UP.“
During the topping off ceremony, people may take hard hat tours of the site, and sign a commemorative beam that symbolizes the final beam on the skeletal structure. People interested in attending should RSVP at 253-536-6500, ext. 203, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pierce County Library, Pierce County Library Foundation and the City of University Place are hosting the topping off ceremony.
The City of University Place is replacing the old University Place Library building with a 15,000 square foot building–3,000 square feet larger than the library’s previous space on Bridgeport.
Workers are now scheduled to complete the construction of the civic and library building by September 2010. The new library is expected to open in early 2011.
Since August 2006, the University Place Library has been serving residents in a temporary location at 7315 27th St. W. The small 5,700 square foot library is well-used, especially with the increased usage at all Pierce County Libraries since voters passed a re-authorized levy in November 2006 and with more people turning to the Library for help during the economic downturn.
Since the overall building schedule for the new University Place Library is now a year longer than planned, Pierce County Library is making improvements in the temporary location to better serve customers. In the coming months the Library will add more seats for people to read, sit and study as well as more public computers.