The Library Capital Bond Program Management Office announced that Hennebery Eddy Architects will lead the bond's Refresh project, which will provide minor upgrades to 11 libraries, including the Troutdale and Fairview-Columbia branches.
Hennebery Eddy is a Portland-based design firm that has extensive experience working with the Multnomah County Library.
The Refresh projects are part of the Multnomah County Library Bond approved by voters in November 2020. As part of these projects, 11 libraries will receive minor upgrades to ensure the locations can provide safe, modern and welcoming spaces for their communities. These updates will be based on each library's unique needs and may include new shelving and furniture, upgrades to carpeting, painting and other interior work.
"We are looking forward to working with Fairview and Troutdale communities to upgrade their libraries," said Liz Sauer, Multnomah County Library Capital Bond Projects Communications Manager. As the East County branches are in line for refurbishments, the Central Library in downtown Portland has been selected as the first branch to receive these upgrades. Planning and design have just begun, and the timing for the next phases of the project will be part of planning with Hennebery Eddy.
One of the priorities of the Refresh projects is to improve operational efficiency. In some locations, the Refresh projects will introduce Automated Materials Handling technology. The technology will help organize and circulate materials, allowing for library holds to be filled faster and cutting down on the need for staff to perform repetitive tasks and focus more on community-facing needs.
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