Delmont library officials will break ground next month on new building |

Delmont library officials will break ground next month on new building

Patrick Varine

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 .

Categories: Local | Murrysville
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.