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Construction of the new library is completed and the library opened to the public on Wednesday, June 25, 11am, with a ribbon cutting, open house, refreshments, giveaways and music performances
Construction of the new library is nearing completion. An opening celebration is set for Wednesday, June 25, 11am.
The new library construction project continues to be on schedule. The library is anticipated to be completed and open to the public on June 25, 2008.
Construction of the new library continues and the Library is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2008.
Construction of the new 6,000 square foot library is still underway. The library is anticipated to be completed by June 2008.
The Tribe and WSDOT are working on the south entrance to the new library site, near the White River Amphitheater. The Library is anticipated to be completed by late spring 2008.
Construction work continues and the library is anticipated to be completed in mid-2008. The Muckleshoot Tribe and Washington State Department of Transportation have started to work on coordinating the access road to the south, near the White River Amphitheater.
Work on the new library has begun and it is estimated to be completed by summer 2008.
The Muckleshoot Planning Commission issued the building permit and site work has begun. The driveway to the new library has already been paved.
Revised plans for the site layout and access were developed during recent meetings with the Muckleshoot Tribe’s Community Development staff. The original site plans were in conflict with the archeological avoidance areas. Access from State Route 163 will be the subject of future development plans. The location of the new library will depend on access from the driveway serving the Tribal College near SE 400th Street. Construction is anticipated to start in September 2007.
Revised plans for the site layout and access were developed during recent meetings with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s Community Development staff. The original site plans were in conflict with the archeological avoidance areas. Access from State Route 163 will be subject to future development plans. The location of the new library will depend on access from the driveway serving the Tribal College near SE 400th Street. Plans will be presented on July 25 to the Tribe’s Planning Committee.
A ground blessing also occurred on August 14 at the site of the new Muckleshoot Library. About 40 people attended the ritual, which kicks off the construction process. Tribal Councilmember Dennis Anderson explained that there will be another ceremony when the 6,000-square-foot building is opened. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has been very helpful getting the project under way so that the earthwork and foundation can be finished before the fall rains begin.
In recent meetings with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Community Development staff, revised plans for the site layout and access were developed. The original site plans were in conflict with the archeological avoidance areas. Access from State Route 163 will be subject to future development plans. KCLS’ location will depend on access from the driveway serving the Tribal College near SE 400th. Plans will be presented to the Muckleshoot Planning Committee on July 25 to determine if we can get a permit and start building this year.
Revised plans for the site layout and access for the new library are being developed with the Muckleshoot Tribe’s Community Development staff. The original site plans were in conflict with the archeological avoidance areas. Access from Stat Route 163 will be subject to future development plans. The library will depend on access from the driveway serving the Muckleshoot Tribal College.
Fact Sheet: Making Progress on the New Muckleshoot Library January 2007
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has approved the scope of work proposed by NW Archeology. A notice to proceed will be issued to begin their mapping work as soon as weather permits.
NW Archeological Associates was hired by KCLS to map the new library site, which is critical to making the determination about where the building will be located and what steps will be required during the course of construction to either preserve certain areas or to provide observers and conservators during the earthwork portion of the project. The Tribe has been asked to confirm that the scope of work and method of work meet their requirements. The State of Washington also has a role in determining that this is correct.
The archeological discovery process has progressed. Northwest Archeological Associates has been identified as the team that will provide the key mapping for the site, which is critical to making the determination about where the building will be located and what steps or mitigations will be required during the course of construction.
Following the discovery of Native American artifacts on the site, efforts turned to the protocols required to determine the importance of these items. The Tribe’s archeologist has requested that the KCLS project team hire the Northwest Archeology team to provide a more thorough map of the site and assist in establishing portions of the site that must be reserved for further research.
The site for the new library at the intersection of SE 400th and State Route 164 is now a State-recognized archeological site. Initial exploration by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe staff archeologist turned up stone flakes and other small but significant indications of Native American activity on this site. It is required that the site be registered with the State of Washington and with the Bureau for Indian Affairs. Additional exploration must be made to map the areas that may require additional study and research. To accomplish this, a group of energetic volunteers from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe “After School Program” have agreed to attempt to clear enough under story plant material to allow the work. They believe that the significant finds will be in the top 6” to 8” of forest duff and reachable by a shovel inspection. Further studies may be conducted using larger equipment and several research assistants to exhaust the research findings for the site. The work is expected to take two to three months.
With help from their Planning Director, KCLS sought further input from the Muckleshoot Tribe about the initial design of their new/expanded library. The contractor/architect team and KCLS staff met with the Muckleshoot Planning Commission who provided excellent input and recommended community members who could help make connections to the Tribe’s art and culture. Much like the facilities they’ve built in the past few years, they have suggested that the new Muckleshoot Library have a theme. Some of their buildings relate to rivers and salmon, so it was suggested that the library relate to the forest and the importance of trees and plants to the history and culture of the tribe (especially cedar). The architects and landscape designers will follow-up on that suggestion.
Although a contractor and architect team was selected for the Muckleshoot Library, KCLS didn’t have a lease with the Tribe for the library site until recently because some members of the Tribal Council had concerns about the staffing of the new library. KCLS staff met with the Executive Committee of the Tribal Council to talk about the new library. While KCLS could not make special accommodations for particular staff members, we committed to conducting employment outreach efforts with tribal members. We also talked with them about the page fellowship and assistance programs (supported employment for developmentally disabled persons). They were very positive about these possibilities. They also expressed great interest in the programs and services, such as adult education, Early Literacy, art and programs relating to the Muckleshoot culture.
Once the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe ground lease was finalized, BNBuilders initiated a topographic survey and has arranged to obtain the geotechnical reports. The Tribe will bless the site prior to construction.
Only a few community members attended the public meeting on May 22 for the Muckleshoot Library, so staff will continue the outreach effort by meeting with the Tribal Elders at their weekly lunch meeting in June. Information about the new library was covered on the front page of the Tribal Newspaper.
Members from the Muckleshoot Tribe indicated they want to have input on choosing the personnel for the Muckleshoot library. However, due to legal ramifications, KCLS may not be able to allow input on hiring processes from another organization. A meeting is scheduled in early may with the Tribal Council and/or the Executive Committee of the Tribal Council to discuss the issue. Meanwhile, the contractor/architect team is gearing up to begin work on the five libraries in the Design Build package, which includes the Muckleshoot Library.
On March 23, a kick-off meeting was held with BNBuilders and Miller-Hull Architects. Contract issues, schedules and project budgets were discussed. The Muckleshoot Library will require finalization of purchase or lease agreements prior to commencement of construction work. Snoqualmie and Fall City sites are owned by KCLS.
On March 6, a team of 10 jurists will hear presentations by the best and final contractor teams. Following the interviews, the consultants will be present with conceptual designs for an open house at the Service Center. The best and final proposals will be evaluated for cost, quality of design and distinctive community elements.
Donald King Architects (DKA) has been selected to prepare the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the five libraries in the design-build group: Black Diamond, Muckleshoot, Carnation, Fall City and Snoqualmie libraries. DKA has assembled the documents necessary to issue a package for contractors to understand the scope and locations for the projects. The current plans call for completion of the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) by the end of October. The overall goal is to have the contractor team selected and under contract by March 2006.
A letter was drafted and sent to the Tribe to reaffirm KCLS’ plans for developing a library in the area. The Tribe has offered a site at State Highway 164 and SE 400th Street near the new Tribal College.
The Muckleshoot Tribe has said they plan to offer land for the new library in exchange for a larger building. KCLS proposed a 5,000-square-foot building, but the Tribe would like a 10,000-square-foot building. The Tribe will offer a site located just north of the White Horse River Amphitheater at Highway 164 and SE 400th Street.
KCLS is expecting a proposal letter from the Muckleshoot Tribe about their intent to work with KCLS to develop a public library on their land at SE 400th and the Enumclaw-Auburn Road.
The Muckleshoot Tribe has said they plan offer land for the library to use in exchange for a larger library building. KCLS had proposed a 5,000-square-foot building and the Tribe would like a building closer to 10,000-square-feet. The site that the Tribe has offered is located to the north of the White River Amphitheater at Highway 164 and SE 400th Street.