November 12, 2017
Grand Opening party!
On Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m., Heights Libraries welcomed the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community into the newly renovated University Heights branch. Hundreds of happy customers attended a grand opening celebration featuring music from the Heights High Barbershoppers, special crafts for kids, and heartfelt words of welcome from Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin, Board President Ron Holland, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, and Branch Manager Sara Phillips.
October 18, 2017
The renovation of Heights Libraries’ University Heights branch is complete, and the building opened to the public on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The $5.6 million project came in on schedule and on budget.
A grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for Sunday, November 12. A short program at 2 p.m. will consist of welcoming remarks from both city and library leaders, entertainment from the Heights High Barbershoppers choral group, and complimentary refreshments from community neighbor Whole Foods. Community members are invited to tour the new space. Click here for more information.
August 3, 2017
The renovation of the University Heights Library is on schedule, and tentative plans to open the building to the public sometime in mid to late October are in the works, with a grand-reopening celebration scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12.
The major work on the exterior of the building took place throughout June and July. Roofing work is complete, mechanical air handling units have been installed on the roof, and the glass walls on the Cedar Road elevation and south elevation are complete, as are the wood-look metal siding on the building’s outer “hoops,” and the metal corrugated siding on the north elevation and northwest projecting stairwell.
With much of the outside work finished, Heights Libraries’ contractor, Regency Construction, has turned its efforts to the interior of the building: drywall installation in the upper and lower levels, and installation of the elevator and air handling units, ceramic tile on the walls of the lower level restrooms, and the ceiling grid.
The sprinkler line has also been installed, and the work has passed the mandated pressure test and city inspection.
Final site work, including concrete sidewalks, curbs, asphalt, installation of fencing and final grading, should be completed in August.
June 28, 2017
The front glass panes are being installed.
June 22, 2017
In the last month work was done to replace some parts of the existing roof that had deteriorated over time with new steel roof deck. Roof insulation and a rubber layer were installed. Interior drywall is being installed this week The air conditioning units were placed on the roof June 21. Glass walls and metal cladding will be installed in the next few weeks.
April 17, 2017
The Heights Library will receive sealed proposals for FURNITURE AND LIBRARY SHELVING at the University Heights Branch located at 13866 Cedar Road, University Heights, Ohio 44118.
Proposals will be received in the offices of the Heights Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118 until 2:00 PM (local time), May 8, 2017.
Library representatives will review the proposals at that time. Proposals received after 2:00 PM may be returned unopened. Proposals must be marked to the attention of Ms. Nancy Levin, and
must be clearly marked “UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS FURNITURE AND LIBRARY SHELVING PROPOSAL ENCLOSED.” Heights Library will not be responsible for any misplaced proposals.
March 3, 2017
The UH Branch Renovation Project Schedule is currently tracking a September 27, 2017, turnover of the building to the Library (with final punch list completed), due to winter conditions and delays related to steel shop drawing submittal reviews. The team will work towards improving the schedule as the project progresses. The current schedule anticipates that Library furniture and equipment can be installed starting in early September.
Here is a list of recent work:
- The concrete walls of the lower level of the south addition are in place, sanitary lines have been installed, and the floor slab has been poured.
- Waterproofing and backfilling work is underway at the south addition as well as along the north wall.
- Primary mechanical ducts have been installed in the main building, and electrical feeds are in place.
- Wall framing will begin once the north side of the building has been backfilled and a lift truck can be used to remove and infill the clerestory windows.
- Wall and mechanical ductwork location layouts are underway, and underground plumbing for the Lower Level restrooms is being installed.
Work planned to be completed within the next three weeks includes the installation of storm/utility site work, forming and pouring the foundations and below-grade walls for the Main Level of the South Addition. Steel delivery is scheduled to begin March 20.
February 2nd, 2017
Here is the PowerPoint presentation that was shared at the Feb. 2 meeting to update the public about the University Heights branch renovation progress.
October 24, 2016
Renderings of the new interior design of the first floor of the University Heights branch, and two new outdoor renderings.
September 30, 2016
The University Heights Fire Department will be using the Library-owned houses on Fenwick (2175, 2179, and 2183) for training purposes from October 1-6. Residents may see artificial smoke, hear glass breaking, and see firefighters on ladders and on the houses. There will also be firetrucks in the street. If residents have concerns, they may call the UH Fire Department at (216) 321-1939. Demolition of the three houses is schedule for October 10.
September 14th, 2016
University Heights Closed
University Heights branch now closed until fall 2017. See final architectural rendering below.
Nellie, the Book Mobile
The Book Mobile (“Nellie”) will begin services on September 24, with the following stops:
Mondays: 1-3pm: GFS Store
Wednesdays: 1-3pm: Cedar Center Apts.
Service to Purvis Park will begin in October, 3-5pm
August 31st, 2016
The University Heights branch will be closed for renovation starting Tuesday, September 6. There will be no library services that day, only a surplus sale.
If you currently have holds at the University Heights branch, they will be available for pick up through Sunday, September 4. After that date, your holds will be waiting for you at the Lee Road branch.
July 27th, 2016
At its July 18 meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library board voted on and approved the final design development drawings for the University Heights branch renovation…
June 20th, 2016
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library board last night voted on and approved the construction budget for the renovation of the University Heights branch at the June 20, 2016 board meeting.
The final budget of $5.6 million breaks down as follows: construction costs (“hard costs”) will be roughly $4.2 million, with an additional $1.4 million in “soft costs,’ such as land costs, moving costs, furniture and fixtures, permits, design fees, insurance, technology costs, and other items.
Tentative dates for upcoming building renovation activities at the University Height branch are below. The building is slated to be closed for renovation in September 2016 and remain closed throughout most of 2017. The project is expected to take 14 months to complete.
Heights Libraries has hired Lakewood-based Regency Construction Services to serve as the construction manager for the project. Regency will work closely with the Library and the architect, CBLH Design, during the final design process, providing construction costs and schedule information regarding the project. During the construction Regency and its subcontractors will handle construction, managing field operations at the site, while focusing on quality, safety, keeping the project on schedule and on budget compliance.
Throughout the summer, staff at the University Heights branch will be steadily weeding the collection to prepare it for storage. Some furniture and fixtures at the branch will be either put to use in the other library buildings or sold at a public surplus sale on August 27.
University Heights branch staff will continue to work for the library system at the three other branches, as well as provide outreach services with Heights Libraries newest addition: a Book Mobile.
The Book Mobile, which the Library purchased this month, will make predetermined, scheduled stops in the city of University Heights during the renovation period, providing city residents with a small, yet popular, selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. Heights Libraries plans to keep the book mobile after the renovation is complete and continue to use it for outreach purposes. More details about the Book Mobile will be available in coming weeks.
The Heights Libraries board is close to making a decision on the final building design. As soon as the plans have been finalized, images of the design will be released on the Library’s website.
Friday, July 29, 2016: Meeting rooms at the University Heights branch will close to public use.
Approximately August 15, 2016: In preparation for the renovation, the three houses on Fenwick (2175, 2179, and 2183) will be removed around this date, and construction fencing will be put up around the existing library building. Also, many outdoor plants will be moved to other branches and the large outdoor planters will be moved.
August 27, Saturday: Surplus sale, open to the public (furniture, fixtures, etc.)
August 28, 2016 (Sunday): A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the branch.
September 4, 2016 (Sunday): The last day the University Heights branch will be open before construction.
September 6, 2016 (Tuesday): The University Heights branch will be closed for renovation. (Monday, September 5 is Labor Day, all branches closed.)
May 13th, 2016
We have included the Request for Proposals for Environmental and Geotechnical Consulting Services for the University Heights Branch Renovation. Please click the link to download the PDF.
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the City of University Heights Planning Commission approved the revised plans for the University Heights branch renovation. Now the plans head to University Heights City Council for approval, at their March 21 meeting. More details are available here.
Frequently Asked Questions about the University Heights Branch Renovation
Updated November 13, 2015
- Why is the library renovating the University Heights branch? The University Heights branch was built in 1952, and is now 62 years old. The beloved building, the second most heavily used after the Lee Road branch and the only branch in University Heights, is badly out of date, and this is the first extensive renovation. In the winter of 2014, we invited the community to let us know what they wanted to see at the branch. The top, nearly unanimous, responses were: more parking, a back door to make it easier to enter the building from the parking lot, a fully functioning elevator, restrooms on the first floor, and designated areas for children and teens. The building’s existing layout cannot accommodate those changes.
- How much will the renovation cost? Current estimates are $4.3 million.
- Will residents have to pay additional money for the renovation? No. The cost of the renovation has already been budgeted and requires no new money from citizens.
- How many houses are being removed to accommodate the construction? The Library has purchased three (3) homes on Fenwick (2175, 2179, and 2183).
- Did the library use eminent domain to obtain the houses? No. Public libraries cannot use eminent domain. The Library approached the owners, who all sold to the Library willingly for $140,000 each.
- Why didn’t the Library buy the current Dunkin’ Donuts property when it became available? The Library did not have sufficient funding to buy and clean up the property when the property became available.
- When will demolition of the houses take place? There is no set date yet, but it will take place sometime this winter.
- How long will the project take? The construction will take 8 – 12 months.
- How will University Heights residents continue to receive library services during construction? University Heights residents can visit our three other branches (Coventry, Lee Road, and Noble) during construction, but we are also looking for ways to continue service in University Heights, such as a small location to pick up holds and return books, and alternate locations for programs. Stay tuned!
Heights Libraries Board Chooses Direction for University Heights Branch Renovation
At the September 28 meeting of the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees, the Board announced the direction and scope for the 2016 renovation of its University Heights branch.The selected design’s price will be approximately $4.3 million in total anticipated project costs. The Library will pay for the renovation through money already budgeted in its Building and Repair fund—no new funds will be used for the renovation.
Many of the features of the new design schematic are a direct result of public meetings that Heights Libraries held in the winter of 2014, where residents were invited to share their hopes for the future of the University Heights branch. Top priorities culled from those meetings included more parking spaces, a rear door off the parking lot, a fully-functioning elevator, first floor bathrooms, and designated areas for children and teens.
In preparation for the renovation, the Library has purchased two houses directly to the south of the current location on Fenwick Drive (2175 and 2179 Fenwick), and will close on a third house (2183 Fenwick) in October. The houses will be demolished in the fall, and the additional space will allow the Library to expand the building and the parking lot.
The Library hopes to break ground in June 2016, and anticipates the project will take eight to 12 months.
This page will be updated as the project moves forward.
Design Images Update – July 27, 2016
At its July 18 meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library board voted on and approved the final design development drawings for the University Heights branch renovation and authorized architecture firm CBLH to proceed to the Construction Documents phase of the project, providing contractor Regency Construction with drawings and specifications detailing the quality levels of materials and systems and other requirements for the construction of the work.