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Washington Free Public Library
Washington, Iowa

Project Overview

Owner City of Washington
Location Washington, Iowa
Delivery Method Construction Management Agency
Description Demolition and New Construction
Gross Floor Area 30,000 SF

The Washington Free Public Library selected Carl A. Nelson & Company as the construction manager for their new 30,000 sf, $5.9 million library. As the construction manager, we organized the bid packages to encourage local contractor participation. Washington, Iowa has a population just over 7,000 people. 36% of this project, almost $1.5 million, went to contractors located in the Washington area.

The new library is built on the downtown square in Washington, Iowa. It is easy for pedestrians to access and contributes to the downtown vitality. Although reusing the existing buildings was considered, after careful analysis, it was determined the existing buildings would not meet the needs of the new library nor withstand the load requirements for the books. Carl A. Nelson & Company diverted more than 90% of the demolition and construction waste from the landfill. The new building is designed to be energy efficient using light sensors, natural day-lighting from solar tubes & skylights, and a geothermal system under the town square. All these features will reduce operating costs for years to come. The building was awarded a LEED certified rating and will be used as a model to educate the public on sustainable design. 

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