Foundation poured for library addition

A roof on the old part and walls on the new are the main tasks in the next few weeks at the Hood River Library renovation project.

Hood River Sand and Gravel poured 95 yards of concrete Thursday on the 97-by-52-foot foundation on the new section of the building.

“It’s a very substantial amount of concrete,” project supervisor Pat Brickman said. “It’s a heck of a foundation, very solid because of the slope.”

Crews will start forming the first-floor concrete walls Monday in a phase that will take a few weeks, according to Brickman. Carpenters have framed in the walls and floor support in the old building’s interior.

Brickman said there is “a good possibility permanent roofing could start next week.” Flat roof areas on both sections will be a PVC “membrane,” while the pitched areas will have asphalt shingles. Also next week, Hire Electric of Hood River will start work, along with excavation for the power transformer.

Though the project is progressing well, Brickman said the completion date has been extended about one month, to April 2003.

Stacks of bricks outside the building will be reused when the old and new sections are joined later in the project. In the existing walls, the mortar will be chipped out and refilled. Though the mortar needs to be ground out and tuckpointed in “quite a few places,” overall the 89-year-old masonry is “in fine shape,” Brickman said.

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