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October 4, 2009

Windfall library project seeks input from community

The renovation is expected to cost about $300,000

WINDFALL — The Tipton County Public Library has almost finalized plans for the renovation project at the Windfall branch. All that is left is input from county residents for the design of the building’s facade.

The project will be a complete overhaul of the 99-year-old bank-turned-library, which served 13,000 patrons last year, on Ind. 213 in the northeast corner of Tipton County.

The environmentally focused plans will open up about 30 percent more useable space in the library, allowing for more programs and amenities, library staff and the project’s architect said.

Linda Joines, the director of Tipton County Public Library, said the renovation, which is expected to cost about $300,000, has been in the works for about two years. The library conducted a capital campaign to pay for the project without having to take out a loan, Joines said.

There will not be any new construction for the project. Along with updating the building’s look inside and outside, renovations will overhaul lighting, carpeting, insulation, and heating and cooling systems, all of which will be replaced with materials that are certified through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED.

Other plans include a sliding wall that will open for more space, and the library will expand its computer area.

Joines said the library hopes to achieve Silver LEED status, which the U.S. Green Building Council bestows.

LEED projects are becoming more common for the architecture firm that designed the Windfall renovation, Anderson-based krM Architecture+, which also designed the Howard County Library’s Main Branch renovation.

Winifrid Williams, an architect for the firm, said the company tries to at least go a little green with all its projects.

“[LEED] means that a good portion of the whole construction and the material that we’re putting into the building and how it will function will be sustainable,” Williams said. “During construction, there’s usually a plan that they put together to try to reduce waste and keep construction workers healthier.”

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