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The Richard E. Ostrander - West Valley Community Library

Photos featured courtesy of Cathy Rathbone, Julie Graham, Kathy Pilgrim, Susan Miller, Phil Tukey, and Jim Barnhill's photo album.


August 13th, 2012

The Grand opening of the Richard E. Ostrander West Valley Community Library!


July 30th, 2012

Monday was the big day....start of the move of the Summitview Library to the new Library that will open in just two weeks. Staff was busy loading carts with books at the Summitview location and then transporting to the Library on 72nd Avenue. Then the books were off loaded onto carts, rolled inside and placed on shelves in their new home. Everything was going like clockwork Monday afternoon. The grand opening of the new Richard E. Ostrander Library will take place in just two weeks. Lots of empty shelves at both libraries. By Tuesday, more and more shelves will be filled at the new location and soon all of the shelves at the old location will be bare! Hooray! Thanks folks for a job well done. Patrons were dropping off books outside the building.....one patron walked in through the unlocked doors without reading the "Closed Signs on doors" and used the inside drop. Cathy has those folks well trained!


June 27th, 2012

Richard E. Ostrander West Valley Community Library signage is being installed


June 2nd, 2012

Richard E. Ostrander West Valley Community Library completed and awaiting signage!


May 18th, 2012

After several days delay, due to broken part on equipment, paving got underway mid morning Thursday. The landscaping was planted Wednesday on an island in the parking area. Thursday it was primarily rocks being placed around the plants for a that landscape that will require water, but no mowing of lawns and little raking of leaves. Paving was pretty much wrapped up 'Thursday afternoon,Still have areas to landscape by reading room and children area. Concrete was poured Thursday for exit driveway and sidewalk along 72nd Avenue Thursday.


May 7th, 2012

The library building is in final stages and will soon be ready for installation of owner shelving and other fixtures. Monday, outside work was under way, with paving scheduled for next week. Concrete at the library's drive way exit to 72nd Avenue is being replaced due to problems when telephone line was cut. Painters were on the job Monday doing touch up work inside the building. Everything appears to be on schedule!


April 23, 2012

Several focal points of the new West Valley Community Library are being completed. The fireplace, the children's wall and the countertops are shown here in their completed state.


April 17, 2012

It's been quite awhile since our last update. Much great work has been accomplished at the West Valley Community library inside and out.


March 13, 2012

Updates! Walls are now being painted.


March 6, 2012

The Children's feature wall is nearing completion. Mesh and protective coatings are being installed onto the exterior of the building in preparation for the stucco to be applied in warmer weather.


February 28, 2012 through March 2, 2012

A Technician from Future Link Communications is running data cable into the Public Computer area. The new Children's feature wall is being installed. Interior areas for Staff, Teens, Children, study areas, and the fireplace are starting to take shape. Walls, windows, and wires are all coming together.


January 31, 2012

As severe winter snow storms pass through the Yakima Valley, the Richard E Ostrander West Valley Library interior starts to take shape. Windows, walls, and drywall on the ceiling are being installed. Even though it is a sunny day for the end of January, we still need to wait for warmer weather before the stucco can be applied to the exterior of the building.


January 6, 2012

Another four days and things have really been a bee hive around the Richard E Ostrander West Valley Library. Work on the front has changed the looks of building. The roof work is hidden for the most part....Tim Blew scampered up the 20 foot ladder to take a series of photos using my camera to illustrate the preperation completed this week needed for the Roofer. HVAC bases are in place and roof will soon be applied. Front end parking area will be dug up with trenchs for future electrial lines next week. Weather has been great for most of week.


December 22, 2011

Amazing what five men can complete in three and one half days in miserable weather that included fog, brief snow and temps Thursday morning from 12 to 17 degrees and then slightly rising.Working ten hour shifts, often time in to dark of night, creating their own sunshine. All four walls are now bolted into place.....roof joists installed and large plywood panels laid down over joists. The project is on schedule. There will be a slight holiday interlude as the crew returns Spokane for well deserved time off to be with their families for the holiday. No work is scheduled for next week according to Tim Blew.


December 15, 2011

This has been an interesting four day/ forty hour work week, albeit a nippy one at the West Valley Library. Temps have been in the twenties and thirties most of the week.Bright sunshine a couple of days But the construction crew continues to move rapidly along.Things are all coming together and even starting to make a change in the neighbor sky line as the towering "almost twenty foot " walls pop up. Contractor's crew were busy constructing those walls for the library Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Building Truss and steel columns were delivered late Tuesday. Thursday morning, first wall sections were lifted by a fork lift, put in to place then braced. Later Thursday afternoon, two more sections were installed, connected and braced. At this point over fifty percent of the four walls are in place. The remaining portions of north side and front wall will be completed and installed early next week. next week. Several of the interior columns were put into place Thursday. Job site closed Friday as crew headed home for three day weekend with their families.What a wonderful early Christmas Gift as this wonderful new library building slowly is coming together.


December 8, 2011

This was the week folks having been waiting for.Completion of the concrete slab floor was a critical item in the schedule. The concrete slab for the floor of new Richard E. Ostrander West Valley Library is complete and now put to sleep for a few days to cure. Meanwhile Blews Construction has started cutting material to be used to frame the twenty foot walls. You might see these walls perhaps by a week from now! It was good to see Phil, Shawn, Susan and Matt meeting with Tim Blew to discuss when the building might be available to start pulling wires for IT for computer hookups, etc. After all we should own the building by Friday, 13 July 2012.


December 1, 2011

Busy week at Richard E Ostrander West Valley LIbrary as contractor completes several key activities.
Project is on schedule for slab preparation. Soil compacted, black structural fabric covers dirt interior and six inches of gravel spread and compacted by a roller.Two huge dump trucks each deliver ten yards of gravel. There will be 25 deliveries for the required 2500 square feet of compacted gravel. Five inches of concrete will be poured next week for the floor for the new library. Meanwhile out side, more dirt moves as the parking lot and driveway are marked and survey stakes carefully placed to indicate grade level...


November 23, 2011

Pacific Power and Nob Hill Water complete critical connections as work continues on new library branch
Blews Construction and their construction teams are on schedule as water and power come to the Richard E. Ostrander West Valley Library Branch. Underground electrical is being installed throughout inside the library. On the outside work continues on storm water drain system while earth moving equipment is busy digging up and filling up key trenches around building exterior. No problems with first snow of season and the building foundation dry as result of large blankets covering the site, while parking lot a bit on muddy side.


November 11, 2011

West Valley Library's amazing progress made in just one month since October 17 ground breaking!
It has been one month since ground was broken on the new Richard E Ostrander West Valley Library on 72nd Avenue. The first month has been exciting to watch as Blew's Construction orchestrated the clearing of building site, scheduling of materials, building wood footings and foundation forms....then huge ready mix concrete trucks appear, as a giant pumper truck with giant boom, pooped out cement, ....forms then dismantled and cleaned. Dirt and huge piles or rocks silently delivered and then moved from hither and yon as front end loaders and guys with shovels make things like new all over. Crew didn't slow down for the first snow of the season. This week things are starting to pop up out the ground as some of the underground plumbing has been put in place. It has been an exciting month to observe Blew's Construction and their team mates from various trades start to put all the pieces together for this giant puzzle foundation..And they make it seem so easy! Thanks to Terri Reeder I now have my own hard hat (required for the job site) complete with my name and Library logo, so folks know who I represent.... Yakima Valley Libraries, the proud owner of the new building.


November 7, 2011

Concrete poured Monday and Tuesday at R E O Library to complete 75% of footings and foundation


October 28, 2011

Friday, 28 October: Day # 10 about wrapped up at the R E O West Valley Library construction site
Blew's Construction was wrapping up day number ten since starting construction of the Richard E Ostrander West Valley Library on 72nd Avenue. Photos were take just before 4:00 p.m. under over cast skies. Only two men were left on the job late Friday using a front end loader to remove dirt from the Northwest corner of the lot. An enormous amount of dirt has been removed. Footings were prepared on three sides and four foundation locations inside the new 9660 square foot building.


October 22, 2011

R.E.O Library after first five days after Monday Ground Breaking!
Sunday at noon.....Blew's Construction has now worked five days (Tuesday through Saturday) at the new R.E.O. West Valley Library on 72nd Avenue. It appears that the ground leveling is nearly complete.Notice the lot is entirely fenced with appropriate signage. That is everything except that this will be a Library. Maybe can hang one of our nice Blue and White Signs on the front fence?


October 17, 2011

The Richard E. Ostrander West Valley Community Library is well underway.
The October 17, 2011 Groundbreaking was a well-attended and fun event with the Trustees using the golden shovels to break ground. Blew's Construction has secured the site and the building project has formally begun. They are taking advantage of the opportunity while the weather cooperates and it appears we are still on target for completion by mid-July.


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