The community is invited to Weber State University’s grand reopening celebration of the newly renovated Stewart Library, Aug. 31. A short program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Hetzel-Hoellein Room 321, with an open house and refreshments from 3 to 5 p.m. The new dean of the Stewart Library, Wendy Holliday, also will be introduced.
“I feel grateful to arrive at this time,” Holliday said. “I am really appreciative of the thoughtfulness that went into the building design. During my job interview, I was standing in one area of the library that was flooded with light, and I thought, ‘This building is going to provide a wonderful space for students, staff and faculty to come together to do their work.’”
The $20 million, two-phase renovation required emptying every shelf and packing 35,000 boxes, which included an equivalent of 11 miles of books and shelving. It took 25 to 35 Bailey’s Moving & Storage movers, 10 hours a day, everyday for seven months, just to allow for construction.
Thanks to planning, patience, juggling and a lot of work, the library, much of its collection, and all the services remained available to the campus community throughout the 16-month project. WSU’s Facilities Management oversaw the project, VCBO Architecture drew the plans, and Okland Construction completed the renovation, which began April 2017 and was completed just in time to welcome the campus at the beginning of fall semester.
Full story submitted by Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce published on Northern Utah Business.