Delmont library officials will break ground next month on new building
Delmont Public Library officials will break ground on a brand-new building on Nov. 16.
Following a roughly four-year capital campaign, library officials raised just over $1 million through grants and community donations that will help fund a new, 4,150-square-foot library with multiple eco-friendly “green” features.
“It’s amazing and phenomenal,” said librarian Denni Grassel. “We’re just so humbled by the all the community’s support.”
Dave Weber, president of the library’s board of trustees, echoed Grassel’s sentiment.
“We’ve been incredibly lucky,” Weber said. “The community has been so receptive and generous about the idea of a new library.”
Large benefactors came in the form of a $400,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and a matching challenge by Delmont resident Bill Lendl and his family that helped raise an additional $100,000.
“Those folks really played a big role in this, and you can’t say enough about the people here in Delmont,” Weber said. “Everyone stepped up, whether it was $5 or $5,000.”
The new library is proposed to be 4,150 square feet with several “green” features including solar paneling, geothermal heating and cooling and a cistern that will collect storm water from the roof to use for irrigation, landscaping, and watering the library’s butterfly garden.
“We’re going to try and start as soon as we get all the permits and get our ducks in a row,” Grassel said.
Murrysville-based Kacin Companies will build the new library, at a price tag of just over $998,000.
Grassel said she can’t thank the community enough for its support.
“I’m honored to be serving such wonderful people on our community, which was our whole goal in doing this project in the first place,” she said.
The groundbreaking will take place at 11 a.m., Nov. 16 at the library property, off of School Street behind the borough building.
For more, call the library at 724-468-5329.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .