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NextGen Municipal Building Renovation Project

NextGen Municipal Building Renovation Project
Latest Closures & Relocations

September 2022: The Library lobby and ground-floor public restrooms are closed. The Adult Library non-fiction collection is closed. This area includes the small study rooms and patron tables/chairs. The Adult Library fiction collection is open. Patrons are still able to place and pick up holds. The Library 3rd floor is closed.

May 10 - Mid-August 2022:
The Adult Library fiction collection is closed. This area includes audio books, music CDs and DVDs. A small browsing collection is available on the third floor. Patrons are still able to place and pick up holds. Holds are located on the second floor of the Library adjacent to the elevator. Patron computers, printers, and copiers are located on the third floor.

June-Mid November 2022: The Library parking lot is closed due to renovations of the Library and Police Department.  Parking signs direct residents where to park and a pedestrian walkway has been placed for safe access to the main Library entrance. 

The Municipal Playground remains open; however, cannot be accessed from the Municipal Building Parking Lot.  Parking can be accessed at the McLaughlin Run Activity Center located at 1770 McLaughlin Run Road.

Mid-June: The Community Development Office moved to its new permanent location at the front entrance of the Municipal Building to the right of Administrative offices and the tax office.

Late-June: The IdentoGO fingerprinting office moved to a new temporary location at the lower left side of the Township building, the former Community Development office. Hours of operation remain 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday.  Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled at www.identogo.com

Mid-July: The Kids Library moved to its new permanent location at the rear of the building with a direct access parking lot entrance.  In this initial stage, the space is self-contained so patrons will need to use the outdoor pedestrian walkway to the main library entrance to access additional sections of the library until the NextGen Municipal Building Renovation Project wraps up, anticipated late 2022.

Mid-August- Mid November 2022: The Adult Library fiction area will be reopened and holds, public computers, printers, and copiers will be returned to this area.

The third floor of the Library will be closed to the public.

The main (archway) first floor entrance of the Library will be closed due to construction taking place on the exterior of the Library and Police Department.  The Library’s book return slots will be inaccessible during this time.  Library patrons can enter through the Kids Library.

The Library Parking Lot remains closed due to construction of the Police Department and Library.  Library patrons can park at the side parking lot near the Veterans Park and Clair's Kennel where signs will direct you to the Kids Library entrance. 

Mid-September – Mid December 2022:  Due to completion of the Library’s connector wing, the Adult Library nonfiction collection and study rooms will be closed to patrons.

Summary
Starting in 2021 and going through 2022, the Township of Upper St. Clair Municipal Building at 1820 McLaughlin Run Rd is undergoing a renovation. Among the benefits will be much-needed physical improvements to the Upper St. Clair Library and Police Department. 

Project planning began in 2018 after the Upper St. Clair School District announced its plans to move out the the Municipal Building. Over the next year, Township staff studied multiple options for the use of the available space. At the direction of the Board of Commissioners, staff developed a conceptual plan in 2019 to reallocate the vacated space for Township use with an emphasis on improving the layout, providing operational efficiencies and enhancing the experience of residents and the public as they engage with the Township. 

The project and its anticipated funding were included in the 2020 budget, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a temporary pause, progress resumed in late 2020 and the project was adopted into the 2021 budget. In February 2021, the Board of Commissioners authorized a 20-year bond issue to finance the project. The renovation project is estimated to cost roughly $8 million.
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Highlights
One-Level Library

The Municipal Building Renovation Project will shift the Kids Library to the second floor. A new, enclosed bridge will connect the Adult and Kids Libraries together. The new design will address the issues of accessibility, restroom facilities, security and more. Parents and caretakers will enjoy the  ADA-compliant restroom included within the Kids Library area. A new children's program room will include state-of-the-art technology, lockable storage and a workspace with a water supply for crafting projects. A new library entrance will be level with the parking lot. Most of the existing third floor space will be reconfigured into a combination of meeting rooms, study rooms and community space, with access to an outdoor rooftop courtyard.
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Above: View of the building's rear showing the addition to the Police Department on the left and the Library addition at the center, which bridges the nonfiction section of the current Adults Library to the former school district wing (future Kids Library).

Main Entrance Visitor Hub
The main entrance facing McLaughlin Run Road will now serve as a hub for visitors during business hours. Instead of just having access to the Tax Office and Administration area, the visitor hub will add the primary entrances to the Police Department and the Department of Planning & Community Development. 
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Above: View of the Municipal Building's front entrance showing the addition to the Police Department.

Police Department Expansion
The Upper St. Clair Police Department will receive a much-needed expansion and modernization during the Municipal Building Renovation Project. A new Police Department entrance will be constructed in the main entrance visitor hub. A receptionist will greet the public during business hours in the new waiting area. New garages will be built for police vehicles. Updated technology will be installed in the dispatch center and the police conference room, and the officers' locker rooms will be expanded and modernized.
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Timeline
In the late 1950s, the original shell of the Municipal Building was constructed -- a small facility housing the Police Department and Public Works. In May 1969, the first major addition to the project was dedicated to include space for the Township offices, the Upper St. Clair School District administrative offices, the Library and the Post Office. The last major physical reconfiguration to the Municipal Building was done as part of "Project 2000," a label coined in the early 1980s when the next several decades of the building's use was being planned. That project completed in August 1987 and included an addition for the Library and reallocation of the administrative and police space. Beginning in 2010, the Township began a series of phased renovations to incorporate functional efficiencies, cosmetic enhancements, upgraded equipment and other improvements. Now, nearly 40 years after planning for "Project 2000," the opportunity is here to plan the building's use for decades to come. 
  • June 2019: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program, including plans for the NextGen Renovation Project to take place is 2020-2021.
  • September 2019: Upper St. Clair School District administration moved out of the Municipal Building.
  • December 2019: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2020 budget, including anticipated bond fuding for the NextGen Renovation Project.
  • March 2020: The NextGen Renovation Project was temporarily put on hold due to the staff's need to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the community. 
  • June 2020: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program, moving the NextGen Renovation Project timeline to 2021-2022.
  • November 2020: Progress on the NextGen Renovation Project resumed.
  • November 2020: The Township was awarded a $750,000 grant for the Library portion of the project through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's 2020 Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities program.
  • December 2020: The Township was awarded a $250,000 grant for the Library poriton of the project through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's 2020 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. 
  • December 2020: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2021 budget including the anticipated bond funding for the NextGen Renovation Project. 
  • February 1, 2021: The Board of Commissioners approved a 20-year bond issue to provide funding for several capital projects, primarily the NextGen Renovation Project. The $14 million bond issue was settled on March 25, 2021.
  • February 22, 2021: Public presentation of NextGen Renovation Project plans and timeline during a Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners (6:15 p.m.).
  • June 1, 2021: Public presentation of NextGen Renovation Project plans and timeline during the Informational & General Affairs Meeting of the Board of Commissioners (7:30 p.m.). Click here for a copy of the presentation document.
  • August 24, 2021: Construction bid opening (9:00 a.m.).
  • September 7, 2021: Construction bids awarded at the Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting (7:30 p.m.).
  • November 2021: Construction begins, which focuses on interior renovations of the former school district wing. It will eventually house the Children's Library and the Department of Planning & Community Development. This phase is expected to be substantially completed by the end of April 2022.
  • April 2022: Construction begins on the addition to the Police Department and the construction of the Library connector, which will join the new Children's Library with the existing second floor Adult Library. Public access to the new one-level Children's Library and Adult Library is expected to be available by the beginning of September. The Police Department addition is anticipated to be complete in November 2022, and the renovation of the existing Police Department facility is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2022. 
  • May 2022: Interior renovation of the existing second floor Adult Library and the Technical Services section begins. This phase is expected to be substantially completed in early July. Other second floor Adult Library renovations are expected to begin in late July and be completed in November. This timeline allows portions of the Adult Library to remain in operation throughout the renovation work. Also beginning in May, interior renovations of the existing third floor Children's Library will begin. Part of it will be converted into use by the Police Department and completed in August.
  • July 2022: The existing second floor Library Young Adults area will become a community space accessible from the Library. Work on this area begins in July and will be substantially completed in November.
  • August 2022: Interior renovation of the existing Police Department begins. This phase is expected to be substantially completed in December.
  • December 2022: Anticipated project completion. While project construction remains on schedule, the delivery of some construction materials may delay the opening of some areas.
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More Project Illustrations
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Above: Aerial view showing the open courtyard atop the Library addition as well as the Police Department addition (upper left of the image).

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Above: Aerial view showing two additions in relation to the current main entrance to the Library.
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