CROWN POINT | Construction of a new library has passed the halfway mark and is on target for completion by the end of the year.
"We're making excellent progress," Crown Point Community Library Director Lynn Frank said.
Work to install drywall continued last week on the $12 million, 46,750-square-foot structure being built in the 100 block of North Main Street.
The last of 118 windows at the building will be installed this week, site manager Chris Muvceski said.
Construction kicked off in June. Work moved inside after the building's exterior was finished late last year. Opening is targeted for late 2012.
The Skillman Corp., with offices in Merrillville, is construction manager of the project. Valparaiso-based Design Organization and Peoria, Ill.-based PSA Dewberry, which specializes in civic buildings, worked on the library's design.
The red brick building occupies about half a block, with the main entrance facing south. Separate areas for children and teens are planned, along with community meeting space inside the building.
The new library will replace a smaller structure on South Court Street, which opened in 1974 as an annex to the library's original home in the Carnegie Center, 223 S. Main St.
The Carnegie Center opened in 1908, in part because of a $12,000 donation from industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Similar donations helped build hundreds of U.S. libraries, which Carnegie hoped would bring enlightenment to patrons.
Library officials have said they hope the Carnegie Center will be sold or transferred to an occupant who will preserve it in its historical state.