By Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County Library System Director Matt Nojonen on Tuesday gave the Fremont County Commission a brief tour of the nearly complete remodel of the old Carnegie building.
Nojonen spent the majority of the time outside of the front of the building discussion the work that was done on the outside. He said most of the work was done to the exterior than the interior.
The building has a new roof, with a color that might closely match the original roof’s color. Nojonen said old shingles were found in the attic and based on old photos, the color picked is likely close to the original or early color. Per building requirements, the new roof hatch had to be lined with a bright yellow hand rail that sticks out some above the roofline. He believed the building was originally constructed in 1907.
Custom storm windows have been put on the upper windows of the building. Nojonen said many of the old window jams had dry rot. The lower windows were replaced with shatter-resistant glass.
“Everything’s been repainted,” he said.
“The lighting here’s very dramatic,” he said of the outdoor evening lights. “It’s very beautiful.”
Nojonen said the staircase was leveled as much as possible, and the building’s masonry has been repaired and cleaned.
Spray-on insulation has been installed in the attic and used to plug holes previously utilized by bats and bugs, he said.
Inside, the electrical systems has been improved, and a mostly new HVAC system has been installed.
“There are no drafts from the windows,” Nojonen said.
Mostly the interior hasn’t been touched he said. The chandelier was dropped several inches to make room for new ventilation. An emergency sprinkler system was installed. Nojonen noted that the system was approved to be part of the project just two days before the Lander Community Center burned to the ground.
Leaks in storage rooms have been repaired, and heating added as well, Nojonen said.
He said the library continues to get requests to use the space. While the designation of substantial completion is still a few months away, Nojonen hopes to get the all-clear to begin using the space soon. The contract with SDI General Contractors Inc. is through June. “There’s so many people who want to get in here,” he said.
Work on the more than $570,000 project began last July. “We’re on target with the budget,” Nojonen told the commissioners.
A second phase, should the funds ever be available, would include more work indoors, especially in the downstairs portion of the building where The Book Nook will eventually return.