Peter White Public Library one step closer to renovation project

MARQUETTE — Changes are on the way for the Peter White Public Library, with a renovation project set to cost over $4 million.

Last night, the library Board of Trustees announced that Closner Construction of Marquette will handle the project.

“We’re very pleased to be able to use a local company on a project that was voted by Marquette taxpayers. It makes good sense to use local services whenever we can. We’re very happy to be able to do that with a project of this size,” said Library director Andrea Ingmire.

Ingmire is hopeful that construction will begin in May and last 10 to 12 months. The library plans to be open for the duration of the construction.

One of the biggest portions of the project is repairs to the old section of the building, including fixing a crack, restoring the facade and replacing the foundation and roof. Downstairs, both the community room and Youth Services will see renovations, and the Children’s Library will be temporarily moving to the Westwood Mall.

The library will also be working towards becoming more energy efficient, including replacing HVAC equipment and performing interior duct work.