Wednesday, May 7, 2003
Within two weeks glass walls will enclose the Hood River County Library construction project.
Baugh Skanska general contractors hope to pass the building on to the county by May 31, meaning the library could open by late June, said library director June Knudsen.
Project supervisor Pat Brickman said crews will start the last phase of interior dry-wall today. In the next two weeks, glass workers will install “glass curtain walls” on the north and south ends of the “library lane” corridor that links the old building and the new wing to the east. The building will be sealed once the glass is in place.
All masonry and exterior concrete work are complete. Crews finished the front steps and courtyard on Monday.
The county will build the sidewalk in front, and will do even more work once Baugh Skanska bows out.
The county will install the flooring and some of the bookcases, as well as mask windows and other areas in preparation for painting. Charlie Hopkins and other local contractors will do the bulk of the interior painting as a volunteer project.
No date has been set for the move from the temporary building at Sixth and State, but Knudson said she will ask the community to help move boxes of books just as was done in the move out last summer.
“As this project has been all along, it’s a case of several things coming together,” she said.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge