Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Doors For City Chambers

New doors were installed by Kriegoff-Lenawee on the City Chambers building this week. You may be wondering why they installed white doors with such large windows. Well, the look of the original doors on the building was recreated. This building was originally constructed by the United States Government as a Post Office in 1904. It was used as a post office from 1904 to the mid 1960's. This is why you may often hear city employees and our construction management team discussing the renovations on this building taking place at the post office.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Police Station - Inside Work

The crews from Shively-Bouma are working on the dropped ceilings, Service Electric is running wire and the painters are working on the lobby area of the new police station. The City of Adrian Police Department is expected to move into this building in the Spring of 2010. The police station is located immediately next to the Adrian Public Library and is the only new construction in the city complex project. The lot where the police station is located formerly housed various private offices which were raised earlier this year to make room for the police station and the police parking lot.

City Chambers Update

The City Chamber building is getting the finishes touches as it is expected to be ready for use in early January. Here are some photos of the electrician's from Service Electric and Krieghoff-Lenawee's crew along with some of the detail work. The detail work in this building is beautiful!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Stone's Cafe Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday Dec. 17, 2009 Stone's Cafe celebrated the opening of the library cafe with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Annette Stone, the owner of Stone’s Café and Catering LLC, also owns and manages two other locations in Lenawee County. The original café at 1567 W. Maumee was established in January of 2008 and in September of 2008 a coffee kiosk/café was opened at Jackson Community College at the LISD TECH Center campus. Stone’s Café library menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, snacks, and a variety of drinks including coffee, espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, teas, juices, smoothies, pop, and much more.
The library cafe is open from 7 am - 9 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 7 am - 6 pm Wednesday and Friday; and 8:30 am - 6 pm on Saturday. Stop by and check it out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


There is a small courtyard between the Police Station and the City Chambers Buildings. It is outside of the connector between the two buildings.

Police Station Windows

Maple City Glass has been installing the windows this week at the new Police Station. Here are some photos of the facade along Maumee.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Library's Mezzanine

The library's new mezzanine offers comfortable seating as well as a place for you to bring your laptop and plug in. The Guidry Family of Adrian visited the library today and spent the morning relaxing and helping their children with their studies.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Library Cafe Announces Opening Date

Stone's Cafe and Catering will open their Library Cafe on Monday December 14.

This weekend during Winterfest, the downtown festival, the Cafe opened for a sneak preview. The Cafe is open Friday Dec. 4 from 5 - 9 pm and Saturday Dec. 5 from 9 am - 4 pm. Stop by and check out the new Cafe. They are serving coffee and various drinks, pastries, soups, sandwiches, and salads. In these photos our first customers are enjoying the drinks and cookies.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Detail Work in Commission Building

This building is located on the north west corner of Maumee and Broad Street. It is often called the "Old Post Office" as it was originally built in 1906 by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a post office. Most recently it was used by the Adrian Public Schools to house the adult education program. Construction is nearing completion in this building and it will soon be used for our City Commission meetings and by our city police department. Recently the focus is on detail work such as the repair of the wood work and painting throughout the building. Tom from Krieghoff-Lenawee has been working on repairing the damaged wood and duplicating the original architectural design.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Signage for City Complex Project

The signage for the City Commission Chambers building (former Post Office and Board of Education Building) was installed this week by Sign Language, a local signage company owned by Rick Calvin. Sign Language created and install the signage on all of the city complex buildings. The signage was created to coordinate with the historic architecture of the older buildings and to compliment the modern library and police station.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Library Elevator

Last week the Library's elevator work was completed and we passed our state inspection. To say the elevator project was a challenge is an understatement. I want to thank our patrons and my staff for your patience over the last six months as we worked on this project. I also want to thank Kriegoff-Lenawee for their persistence in completing this project. The good news is that the elevator project is completed and ready for use!!!!! The library director, Carol Souchock, joins Dave and Dave from Otis in the first elevator ride.

Brick Work Progressing On Police Station

Hikes & Dominque, our masons, are working hard to get the new police station sealed up for the winter. They were working on the south side of the building earlier today.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Library's Grand Reopening

On Saturday October 24 the Adrian Public Library celebrated our grand reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and day long celebration. We celebrated with the mayor, city commissioners, library patrons, city administration and employees, library friends, our project management team from J.E. Johnson and the local trades who built this beautiful new building.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Canopy Installation at the Library

This week the canopy's covering the main floor windows at the library were installed by T J Roofing. There are six across the front and one covering the back entrance.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Plans for Library's Ribbon Cutting and Grand Reopening Announced

Please join in the ribbon cutting and grand reopening festivities on Saturday October 24 at the Adrian Public Library. The ribbon cutting takes place at 10 am and a open house will follow from 10 am - 2 pm.

The renovated Teen Zone and mezzanine on the south side of the building will be revealed. The Teen Zone features expanded technology, reading, studying, and casual seating areas. The mezzanine offers free wired and wireless Internet access, group study areas, casual seating, and a “board room” for use by local businesses and organizations. The “board room” was created to provide a space for local entrepreneurs and small businesses to meet with clients and for networking opportunities.

Refreshments will be served in the café area on the main floor by the café vendor Stone’s Café and Catering and library staff. Stone’s Café is expected to open their library café later this year. Construction of the service area of the café will be completed in early November followed by the installation of the café equipment.

Activities for all ages will take place during the reopening celebration. The youth area will be transformed into a reading construction zone. Musical entertainment will be provided by Adrian Symphony harpist Margot Hayward from 10 am – 2 pm. An art exhibition by local artist Gail Palpant will be available for viewing in the meeting room during regular library hours from 10 am – 5:30 pm. Due to elevator renovations visitors must access the youth area and meeting room by stairs.

In celebration of Teen Read Week, the Teen Zone will be open special hours from 7 – 10 pm for teens in grades 7 – 12 only on Saturday October 24. Music, refreshments, and gaming will be available.

Please stop by and visit your "new" Adrian Public Library.

Furniture for the Library's Renovated Areas Arrives

The new furniture for the cafe, teen zone, and mezzanine arrived late last week. It is currently being put in place and will be ready for public use soon. Check out some of the furniture in the study areas, casual seating area and in the "board room" on the mezzanine.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Flooring Work Continues @ The Library

The stairs leading from the Maumee side of the building to the meeting room will be available for public use once the renovations are completed. At the bottom of the stairs is a small hallway. Lagalo Floorcovering installed the VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile) in this location.