In 2011, a 10-year capital improvement plan began to expand the current Defiance Public Library and enhance modifications to the facility in phases. Phase one of the project, the Dome Project, involved new lighting and electrical upgrades.
Phase two of the expansion (The HVAC Project) was awarded exclusively to IPS, and involved removal of the original boiler system, baseboard heating, wall units, and abandoned wiring in the ceiling. IPS replaced the library’s HVAC system including all associated duct work, piping, and rooftop units, which were placed with a large crane.
In addition, the electrical service was upgraded from 400 AMP to 800 AMP, doubling the capacity. The building remained fully operational throughout construction.
Asbestos was encountered in several areas requiring specific management in order to eliminate the risk of exposure to library guests and the construction crew. The asbestos containing materials were contained and removed safely, without incident.
Additional challenges occurred during the new duct and piping installation. Major routing issues became apparent when trying to keep pipes and ducts concealed. IPS worked closely with the design team to develop a plan that ensured the pipes remained hidden, and historic preservation of the library was maintained.