- We can expand our existing library (as others have done) for much less than the cost of building a new one. So we don't have to tear down the existing one. In: http://cspgs.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-model-for-library-expansion.html I looked at a library originally identical in size to Sunnyvale's current library (60K square feet) which doubled in size for only $23M. Picture below:
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- I looked at some libraries across the country that were expanded with artists' renderings before construction or voting on a bond issue - here http://cspgs.blogspot.com/2014/02/other-areas-library-expansion-plans.html and here http://cspgs.blogspot.com/2014/02/other-areas-library-expansion-plans_17.html One example below:
- Costs of library expansion and construction around California were examined here http://cspgs.blogspot.com/2014/02/library-costs-in-california.html . What it shows is that no library construction in California came close to the cost/sq.ft. of proposed 2007 library expansion. The average "total project cost" in CA in 2007 for new library construction was $495/sq.ft. - considerably less than the roughly $1,000/sq. ft. proposed in the 2007 bond issue. One example is the 2012 Los Gatos library built for $424/sq.ft. ($12.8M for 30K sq. ft.) seen below.
Click to enlarge - Los Gatos 30K sq.ft. library built for $12.8M in 2012
In http://calpensionsbrief.blogspot.com/2012/07/sunnyvale-libraries.html I showed that Sunnyvale is average to above average in library space compared to comparably sized cities. I also showed how to increase library space through low cost branch libraries and expanding existing libraries. Here's a photo of Pasadena's (pop. 139K) Library. Pasadena is about the size of Sunnyvale (pop. 145K):
|Pasadena's Library Expanded over the years to 130K sq. ft.|
Torrance CA (pop 146K) is also about the size of Sunnyvale (145K). They greatly expanded library space per person by building low cost branch libraries.
|Here's a photo of a Torrance branch library.|