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The Encino Branch Library project develops a branch library in Council District 9 by transforming an existing building, a former restaurant. The project site, with the existing building and improvements, allows the San Antonio Public Library to fulfill a commitment made to the citizens of San Antonio in the 2012 Bond initiative to build a new branch library north of Loop 1604 and east of Highway 281 on Evans Road. A new library in this area is crucial to the Library’s efforts to serve this rapidly growing area of the city with responsive, community-based services.
The majority of the interior of the existing 8,000 square foot building will be demolished, except for the restrooms and electrical room. The demolition will include all kitchen equipment, metal stud partitions, acoustical and gypsum ceilings, light fixtures, finish flooring. New work will include an approximately 1,800 square foot addition on an existing structural concrete foundation, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, data/telecommunications, finish flooring, finish ceiling. Some minimal landscaping will also be done to finish the project.
A Public Art installation will be included at the Encino Branch Library. The selected artist team, Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, was inspired by the art of storytelling. Their concept design represents abstracted storybook pages entwined within an oak tree forest.
Members of the community were encouraged to participate in the public art process by submitting phrases and quotes from literature that relate to the theme “natural wild” and represent whatever “natural wild” means to you. The deadline to submit quotes and phrases was Sunday, September 21, 2014.
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