Renovation details finalized for Summit County Library North Branch

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A rendering of the exterior of Summit County Library’s North Branch in Silverthorne shows what the facility could look like once the renovation is complete. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed in the spring of 2023.
Summit County / Courtesy Photo

Last year, the Summit Board of County Commissioners expressed support for the expansion of Summit County Library’s North Branch renovation in Silverthorne so that it added up to 4,900 square feet. and remained around a budget of $3.2 million.

At a Summit Board of County Commissioners business session on Tuesday, Feb. 1, Vega Architecture’s managing director, David Grooms, presented a new plan for the branch that includes some tweaks. Summit County Deputy Manager Sarah Vaine said the company initially came back with a design that added 4,400 square feet and was $1 million over budget.

“We complied with our instructions, which were not to exceed $3.2 million. We ask them to go back and bring a new design, that’s what we present to you today. It’s sort of in the middle. It’s 3,400 square feet in the budget,” Vaine said of the size and cost of the addition.



Vaine said the company cut features such as a dramatic exterior entrance, a four-season heated patio and boiler, and a new heating system for the building. Grooms said the new design meets the Commissioners’ greatest demands.

“In the reduction, we were able to really retain the majority of the main functions of the project,” said Grooms. “We hadn’t really lost any substantial number of shelves or program functions. It’s all just a little tighter, but we think it’s totally doable.



For starters, the renovation moves the administrative area to a larger space and adds a staff restroom and washroom.

To the west will be a new children’s area with a crafting area and nearby family restrooms and computers. To the north will be a new adult computer area and stacks for fiction and non-fiction. There will also be open and relaxed reading and working spaces, a fire pit and a partially covered two-season terrace to the northwest.

To the northeast of the building there will be additional study rooms, specifically two rooms for six people and a smaller room for two people.

The building will also have space for a young adult section and a study room.

On the south side of the building, Grooms said the company plans to reconfigure the existing conference rooms to make them more functional. Grooms said the plan is to install a conference room lobby with two separate doors leading into the room which will be separated by an accordion door. If a large space is needed, it can be pushed back, but otherwise the space can be used as two different rooms simultaneously.

Construction on the project is expected to begin this summer with a completion target of spring 2023.

A rendering of the Summit County Library’s North Branch in Silverthorne shows that the exterior of the building will remain largely the same except for a few changes. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed in the spring of 2023.
Summit County / Courtesy Photo
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