CROWN POINT | By this time next summer, the finishing exterior touches will be put on the new Crown Point Community Library, according to the project manager.
Being built downtown at 122 N. Main St., the 2-1/2 story facility is a fenced-in construction site where crews are preparing to excavate for the foundation, said Dion Katsouros, project manager with The Skilllman Group of Merrillville.
The foundation will be poured within the next few weeks.
Complete demolition of the old Homann Karate Do building on Main Street begins in the middle of this week and is expected to take no more than a week, Katsouros said.
"I'd be surprised if it took more than two days," he said. "We started the demolition last Friday and removed a small portion of the northeast corner of the building."
Construction paused during Crown Point's Fourth of July celebrations, but not before crews discovered an old well that hadn't been marked.
"We decided to fill the well immediately with a concrete flowable fill for safety reasons," Katsouros said. "This is a high-profile job and right downtown."
Pouring the foundation is expected to take about three weeks. Crews will then install structural steel to form the building in mid-August, he said.
"We will continue the construction with pre-cast panels by November. In December, we'll install the roofing. Then the building will be enclosed, and we can work through the winter on the interior," Katsouros said.
The new Crown Point Community Library will cost "under $12 million," said Lynn Frank, the library's executive director. Funding is provided by the library through property taxes it collects as a separate taxing unit.
The current two-building library, including the Carnegie Library, hasn't been put up for sale yet, but both will be sold, Frank said.