A Team of Horses To Remove Ash Trees From New Branch Library Site
Individuals passing by Traverwood Drive at Huron Parkway next Wednesday will see an unusual sight. A sturdy team of draft horses will be assisting in the tree removal process as site construction for Ann Arbor’s newest branch library continues.
Early next week, some of the dead ash trees remaining on the site will be cut down. Wednesday, March 7 at 9:00 am, (weather permitting) a team of draft horses from the firm of Johnson Hardwood Floors will arrive. At 10 am, the horses will be begin to pull the dead logs from the site.
The process, which should take several hours, is in keeping with the Library’s pledge of sustainable practices. Removing the dead logs in this way limits root damage to the remaining trees on the site. The ash trees will then be milled and used as building material for the new branch.
The construction manager for the new branch library is O‘Neal Construction, Inc. The architects for the building are Van Tine|Guthrie Studio and the landscape architects are Grissim Metz Andriese Associates.
The new library is being constructed on 4.34 acres of vacant land, located on the southwest corner of Traverwood Drive and Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor, and will be a one-story building of approximately 16,500 square feet. It will serve as a community-based learning center that delivers superior customer service, primarily to the residents of the northeast quadrant of Ann Arbor.
While its primary mission is to deliver traditional library services, the facility will also include a casual study area with vending and a meeting room. The branch will house an expanded collection, consisting of traditional materials, such as books, magazines, and DVDs, as well as new formats as they are introduced.
The facility will also contain a reading room for comfortable, leisurely reading and several quiet study and tutor rooms for patron use. Electronic resources will include many public computer terminals. Other library services will include self-service stations for convenient checkout.
Ninety parking spaces will be available in three locations: on the street, under the building and on an open lot to the south.
Both the building and the surrounding landscape will capitalize on environmental principles, thereby allowing the overall project to operate in harmony with the ecosystem and the community it serves. The building is designed to hug the corner with as little impact on natural features as possible. Sustainable design features include an innovative stormwater management system.
The library will teach, by example, responsible coexistence with the natural environment.