Library board to review WHLC downtown library recommendations

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control at its meeting this afternoon will review recent recommendations from WHLC Architecture, the firm and project manager hired by the city-parish to execute the delayed downtown library project.

In an Aug. 3 statement, the builders recommended structural fixes, such as more welding, steel plates, bracing and structural stiffeners, to complete the troubled $19 million project, which has been stalled since April.

In addition to reviewing the recommendations at today’s meeting, library system director Spencer Watts will continue updating the board on the progress of the River Center Branch Library’s construction, according to the meeting agenda, as new information comes his way.

“We don’t have anything new right now, but we hope we’ll have more information soon,” Watts says. “The report shows the project’s principals have done a lot of work and they’re getting closer to the end of the process.”

A construction timeline is yet to be determined.

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