Davis County Syracuse/Northwest Branch Library renovation and expansion

The Davis County Syracuse/Northwest Branch is being renovated and expanded. It is shown here during roofing construction in an April 11, 2019, photo

SYRACUSE — A $4.5 million project to remodel and expand Davis County’s library branch in Syracuse is expected to be completed before October.

The original structure, opened in 2003, held a collection of 30,000 items, according to library department documents, but as of 2018, the number had grown to 80,000 items.

Library officials on Tuesday presented a project update and construction change order to county commissioners.

Artist's rendering of remodeled and expanded Davis County Syracuse/Northwest Branch Library

Artist's rendering of the remodeled and expanded Davis County Syracuse/Northwest Branch Library. It is scheduled to reopen by October 2019.

The latest change order, for $18,700, is aimed at preventing leaks from the previous roofing system and meshing eaves between the old and new parts of the library.

The original project cost in 2018 was listed as $4,479,552 and it now stands at $4,543,490 after several change orders.

The expansion is being built by R&O Construction Co. of Ogden. Sept. 29 is the scheduled completion date.

Funding for the project comes from a $4 million infusion of general funds the county commission approved for various county capital projects in 2017.

Efforts to contact county libraries director Chris Sanford were not immediately successful.

The Syracuse branch is one of seven sites in the county library system. The library’s website says the branch specializes in high-demand items such as children’s and young adult books, bestsellers, books on CD and DVDs.

The branch serves residents of Syracuse, Clinton and West Point and the western parts of Layton and Clearfield.

You can reach reporter Mark Shenefelt at mshenefelt@standard.net or 801 625-4224. Follow him on Twitter at @mshenefelt.

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