Gordon White Library refurbishment project

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Area: Mount Pleasant and North Mackay
Published: March 6, 2020 - Archived Project


Mackay Regional Council Libraries are working towards transitioning Gordon White Library towards the standard of a modern contemporary library space during the libraries 20-year anniversary.

As part of the refurbishments, works include:

  • Garden Revitalisation
  • Booth seating, shelving and collection changes and a revised branch layout
  • Carpet replacement

Mackay Regional Council Libraries look forward to sharing the transition to a modern and contemporary library space with you on this Connecting Mackay page.


Area: Mount Pleasant and North Mackay
Published: March 6, 2020 - Archived Project


Mackay Regional Council Libraries are working towards transitioning Gordon White Library towards the standard of a modern contemporary library space during the libraries 20-year anniversary.

As part of the refurbishments, works include:

  • Garden Revitalisation
  • Booth seating, shelving and collection changes and a revised branch layout
  • Carpet replacement

Mackay Regional Council Libraries look forward to sharing the transition to a modern and contemporary library space with you on this Connecting Mackay page.


 

  • Project Update #10: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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    20 days ago

    Gordon White Library reopens with a new look

    Above: Claire Grandcourt (left) and Shannon de Silva testing out the new booth seats at Gordon White Library


    When Gordon White Library was being built, the bug of the day was Y2K.

    Now, 20 years on, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a rejuvenation of the facility.

    The library reopened its doors today (Wednesday, June 17) and clients will notice some exciting changes.

    Mayor Greg Williamson said council had jumped at the chance to complete a long-overdue renovation project during the closure.

    “We had already budgeted for this 20-year birthday renovation, but...

    Gordon White Library reopens with a new look

    Above: Claire Grandcourt (left) and Shannon de Silva testing out the new booth seats at Gordon White Library


    When Gordon White Library was being built, the bug of the day was Y2K.

    Now, 20 years on, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a rejuvenation of the facility.

    The library reopened its doors today (Wednesday, June 17) and clients will notice some exciting changes.

    Mayor Greg Williamson said council had jumped at the chance to complete a long-overdue renovation project during the closure.

    “We had already budgeted for this 20-year birthday renovation, but originally the project would have required closing the library and working around customers,” Cr Williamson said.

    “Hats off to staff – they brought works forward and have done an amazing job to complete a fantastic overhaul and reopen in line with stage two of reopenings,” he said.

    Community and Client Services director Angela Hays said renovations had been significant.

    “The 20-year-old carpet was ripped up and replaced, the interior has been painted and there’s new shelving, end panels, RFID self-service equipment, after-hours chute, self-service kiosks and booth seating,” Ms Hays said.

    She said regular clients would notice some changes to the layout as well.

    “We’ve updated the layout of our collections and installed new signage to allow for easier navigation and more effective display and promotion of collection items,” she said.

    “We’ve also relocated the public computer space and updated the layout of the children’s space.

    “Overall, the library has never looked better and it’s good to go for another 20 years of serving the community.”

    For opening hours and more info, head to mackay.qld.gov.au/libraries

  • Project Update #9: Monday, June 8, 2020

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    29 days ago

    Final stretch for carpet replacement

    Replacement of carpet at Gordon White Library is now in full swing as contractors work together to move collections and lay carpet simultaneously. Initially there was a slight delay as the backing from the old carpet tiles required removal with a hard floor grinder.

    The reopening of Gordon White Library is scheduled to occur in the week commencing June 15 dependant on works progressing without further delay. At this time a specific date is not yet known.

    Final stretch for carpet replacement

    Replacement of carpet at Gordon White Library is now in full swing as contractors work together to move collections and lay carpet simultaneously. Initially there was a slight delay as the backing from the old carpet tiles required removal with a hard floor grinder.

    The reopening of Gordon White Library is scheduled to occur in the week commencing June 15 dependant on works progressing without further delay. At this time a specific date is not yet known.

  • Project Update #8: Friday May 15, 2020

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    about 2 months ago

    Lots of progress after a busy couple of weeks

    Realignment of shelving to create improved flow of collections and preparing the space for new carpet has been the latest priority for library staff.

    Replacement of all carpet including the tiled area in the foyer and the community venue is due to commence in early June.

    Staff have taken the opportunity to give the shelves a good clean and look forward to introducing genre collection signage to assist in locating collections.



    Lots of progress after a busy couple of weeks

    Realignment of shelving to create improved flow of collections and preparing the space for new carpet has been the latest priority for library staff.

    Replacement of all carpet including the tiled area in the foyer and the community venue is due to commence in early June.

    Staff have taken the opportunity to give the shelves a good clean and look forward to introducing genre collection signage to assist in locating collections.



  • Project Update #7: Thursday, April 23, 2020

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    3 months ago

    Full steam ahead for the painters

    Even though our libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 government directive, our staff have been keeping busy preparing the library for the painters to come in. The chaos is a good indication of the progress that is about to happen. Watch this space for more updates in the coming weeks.


    Full steam ahead for the painters

    Even though our libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 government directive, our staff have been keeping busy preparing the library for the painters to come in. The chaos is a good indication of the progress that is about to happen. Watch this space for more updates in the coming weeks.


  • PROJECT UPDATE #6: Friday, March 13, 2020

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    4 months ago

    There has been plenty of progress this week.

    Two new Leopard trees have been planted in the middle parks. Once grown these trees will provide additional shade.

    The courtyard garden has been weeded and replenished with lettuce, tomato, eggplant and basil plus organic fertiliser and mulch. While works have started on the surrounding gardens to remove weeds. We look forward to seeing some natives planted in these areas in the coming week.






    There has been plenty of progress this week.

    Two new Leopard trees have been planted in the middle parks. Once grown these trees will provide additional shade.

    The courtyard garden has been weeded and replenished with lettuce, tomato, eggplant and basil plus organic fertiliser and mulch. While works have started on the surrounding gardens to remove weeds. We look forward to seeing some natives planted in these areas in the coming week.






  • PROJECT UPDATE #5: Friday, March 6, 2020

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    4 months ago

    Construction work at Gordon White Library

    As part of the Gordon White Library refurbishment project, works will cause minor disruption to residents during the next month.

    The project will alternate between day and night works and will begin on Monday, March 9 and are expected to be completed by Thursday, April 9, weather permitting.

    Night works will be taking place from 5.30pm to 6am from March 9 to March 21, followed by day works from 6.30am to 5.30pm from March 23 to April 9. Noise disturbance will be minimal

    The expansion works will see many additions to the library over the next 12 months during its 20-year anniversary. This includes booth seating, shelving and collection changes, carpet replacement and a revised layout to the entire branch.

    Construction work at Gordon White Library

    As part of the Gordon White Library refurbishment project, works will cause minor disruption to residents during the next month.

    The project will alternate between day and night works and will begin on Monday, March 9 and are expected to be completed by Thursday, April 9, weather permitting.

    Night works will be taking place from 5.30pm to 6am from March 9 to March 21, followed by day works from 6.30am to 5.30pm from March 23 to April 9. Noise disturbance will be minimal

    The expansion works will see many additions to the library over the next 12 months during its 20-year anniversary. This includes booth seating, shelving and collection changes, carpet replacement and a revised layout to the entire branch.

  • PROJECT UPDATE #4: Monday, February 17, 2020

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    4 months ago

    Garden Revitalisation Update
    With the recent rain our new natives are thriving, just look at how much they’ve grown in less than one month! The plant has been deemed successful, with a 98% survival rate. Please join us in congratulating the crews on a job well done.

    What’s next?...
    You can look forward to seeing installation of plant labels in specific locations by the end of March and replacement of the bollards for the leopard trees in the main car park plus a few other odd jobs that need to be finished off.

    Garden Revitalisation Update
    With the recent rain our new natives are thriving, just look at how much they’ve grown in less than one month! The plant has been deemed successful, with a 98% survival rate. Please join us in congratulating the crews on a job well done.

    What’s next?...
    You can look forward to seeing installation of plant labels in specific locations by the end of March and replacement of the bollards for the leopard trees in the main car park plus a few other odd jobs that need to be finished off.

  • PROJECT UPDATE #3: Monday, January 13, 2020

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    4 months ago

    Garden Revitalisation update

    Things are back on track and starting to take shape. Jim and Amy have sorted out the 20 year old irrigation. They have a good rhythm going putting the pipe in place, plants are planted by the garden crew and drip tube is laid in just the right spot for the new natives. This is followed by a healthy dose of mulch to conserve soil moisture. Thank you to the crews for your hard work in these not so ideal weather conditions. We really appreciate the fantastic job you have done and we are sure the birds, bees and butterflies will be thankful soon enough too!




    Garden Revitalisation update

    Things are back on track and starting to take shape. Jim and Amy have sorted out the 20 year old irrigation. They have a good rhythm going putting the pipe in place, plants are planted by the garden crew and drip tube is laid in just the right spot for the new natives. This is followed by a healthy dose of mulch to conserve soil moisture. Thank you to the crews for your hard work in these not so ideal weather conditions. We really appreciate the fantastic job you have done and we are sure the birds, bees and butterflies will be thankful soon enough too!




  • PROJECT UPDATE #2: Monday, December 2, 2019

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    4 months ago

    Garden Revitalisation update

    Four weeks into our garden revitalisation and progress is a little slow going. The irrigation system was in a worse condition than expected and replacement parts have been ordered. Due to this, completion of planting will be slightly delayed.

    Works include:
    - Painting the front entrance retainer wall
    - Prepping the soil
    - Caring for new plants

    The next couple of weeks will be spent completing garden bed preparation, irrigation system installation, planting & mulching.



    Garden Revitalisation update

    Four weeks into our garden revitalisation and progress is a little slow going. The irrigation system was in a worse condition than expected and replacement parts have been ordered. Due to this, completion of planting will be slightly delayed.

    Works include:
    - Painting the front entrance retainer wall
    - Prepping the soil
    - Caring for new plants

    The next couple of weeks will be spent completing garden bed preparation, irrigation system installation, planting & mulching.



  • PROJECT UPDATE #1: Saturday, November 16, 2019

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    4 months ago

    Garden Revitalisation update

    Two weeks into our garden revitalisation and we are happy to see progress is on track.

    Works include:
    - Vegetation removal
    - Tree and stump removal
    - Painting car park fence

    The next couple of weeks will be spent painting the front entrance retainer wall, prepping the soil, irrigation, mulch, completing the planting of native plants and tidying up. We aren’t sure which part we are most excited about… improving the old irrigation system, putting some much-needed nutrients into the soil or the native plants that are coming!!

    Trees that have been removed were assessed by council’s qualified Arbor team and deemed in poor health and/or nearing the end of their life cycle. Where trees have been removed, they will be replaced with fast-growing vibrant local and regional native species to revitalise the library precinct within 1-2 years


    Garden Revitalisation update

    Two weeks into our garden revitalisation and we are happy to see progress is on track.

    Works include:
    - Vegetation removal
    - Tree and stump removal
    - Painting car park fence

    The next couple of weeks will be spent painting the front entrance retainer wall, prepping the soil, irrigation, mulch, completing the planting of native plants and tidying up. We aren’t sure which part we are most excited about… improving the old irrigation system, putting some much-needed nutrients into the soil or the native plants that are coming!!

    Trees that have been removed were assessed by council’s qualified Arbor team and deemed in poor health and/or nearing the end of their life cycle. Where trees have been removed, they will be replaced with fast-growing vibrant local and regional native species to revitalise the library precinct within 1-2 years