This project began after the record cold winter of 2013/2014. Staff noticed that there was a sizeable crack in the Southwest corner of the Library’s Façade (1904 building). In November 2014 Director Pam Christensen requested a damage assessment to be conducted by Integrated Designs, Inc. This investigation revealed that differential settlement had caused the façade to crack and pull away from the structure.  There are a few theories about why this happened, but the general consensus is that the building experienced differential settlement over time. This impact of this settlement was not noticed until after the record cold winter of 2013/2014.

June 2015
Integrated Designs, Inc. recommended façade and roof repairs to address this problem. The Library Board of Trustees discussed how these repairs might be funded.

December 2015
Director Pam Christensen retired, and Bruce MacDonald served as Interim Director. The structure was deemed stable, and it was decided that this project would wait for the new Director.

June 2016
Director Andrea Ingmire started at the Library. The Library Board reviewed all funding options for the repairs. It was decided that along with façade repairs there were other building issues that needed to be addressed.

October 2016
The library contacted IDI to get a complete site walkthrough identifying any additional building needs.

The Library Board of Trustees hired Kim Bolan and Associates to complete a space planning evaluation. This evaluation would help to identify other building needs and prioritize space planning modifications.

March 2017
The Library Board met with the City Commission in a planning session to discuss the option of re-issuing the Library’s Bond. This would take place after the expansion project bond was paid off. City Commission gave the go ahead to pursue this option.

Kim Bolan and Associates conducted eleven focus groups with over 115 attendees and an online survey with over 215 responses.  To view a summary of Kim’s findings, see the PWPL Facility Plan.

April 2017
The Library Board of Trustees submitted a formal request to the City Commission to have a library bond appear on the August 2017 ballot for building renovations.

May 2017
City Commission heard the formal request for Library Bond and approved for August 8, 2017 ballot.

June 2017
Strategic Planning with Great Lakes Center for Youth Development public focus groups and online survey to be distributed.

July 2017
Preliminary floor plans made available to the public.

August 8, 2017
Library Bond appeared on the City of Marquette August 8, 2017 election ballot and approved by over 80% of city voters.

September – October 2017
Initial shifting of materials:  Large Print items moved closer to parking lot entrance for easier access and Science Fiction collection moved to tall shelves closest to the TeenZone.  Storage items cleared, and items no longer used sold in treasure sale and silent auction.  Programming and Web Development office relocated to upper level to create Friends of the Peter White Public Library storage space.

March, 2018
Bidding period opens.  March 14 we held a pre-bid walk-through for contractors.  Bid submission deadline was March 28.  The Library Building Committee received six bids for the 2017 Bond Project. Bidders included: Cross General Contracting, Closner Construction, Gunlach Champion, Premeau Construction, Moyle Inc., and Roy Ness Contracting.

April 5, 2018
Bid awarded to Closner Construction.

April 30-May 5, 2018
Youth Services closes the Children’s Room and moves all materials into storage in the Community Room or to a temporary space at Westwood Mall.  Adult Programming starts using alternative spaces for events.  Movies are shown in the business reference room, concerts are scheduled for the Huron Mountain Room Gallery.

May 7, 2018
Closner Constructions begins remodel work of lower level. The Children’s Branch opens at Westwood Mall, providing materials for checkout, a space for play, programming for children and library card sign-up.