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Carnation Library Groundbreaking Draws 250
If there was a maximum occupancy for the Carnation Library groundbreaking, it likely would have been exceeded! More than 250 people, including about 90 Girl Scouts from Camp River Ranch, gathered at the site of the new library to celebrate the start of construction on the afternoon of Thursday, July 24.
As community members took seats, the Budget Funeral Band entertained the crowd with some kid-friendly songs. Children wore small yellow hard hats and were given small shovels so they could participate in the groundbreaking.
KCLS Director Bill Ptacek facilitated the program and several dignitaries addressed the crowd, including Carnation Mayor Mike Flowers and De’Sean Quinn, King County Local Government Relations Liaison.
“I know this library will be an asset to the community,” Quinn said. “On behalf of Executive Ron Sims, I would like to congratulate you.”
Flowers also expressed his excitement for the new library: “Thank you for the commitment to Carnation to build a new library. This will provide a lot of opportunity to our community.”
The 5,000 square foot Carnation Library will be the final library constructed as a design-build project. Four other libraries (Snoqualmie, Fall City, Black Diamond and Muckleshoot) were previously constructed as design-build projects with the same contractor and architect. Construction of the new $2.98 million Carnation Library is anticipated to take about six months.
“This is the last of our five design-build projects,” said Sian Roberts with Miller-Hull Partnership “We are excited, yet sad.”
When it came time for the ceremonial digging, children with small shovels joined dignitaries with gold shovels and dug into a mound of earth. The crowd enjoyed refreshments from the Friends of the Carnation Library. Book bags and coloring books provided by the contractor, BNBuilders, were handed out along with small pieces of wrapped brick from the recently demolished library. Lolo the Clown made colorful balloon animals for children and an ABC Express vehicle was available for tours.