CONSTRUCTION ON SCHEDULE FOR THE NEW MARY D. PRETLOW ANCHOR BRANCH
Norfolk, VA (March 22, 2007) - Norfolk Public Library and the City of Norfolk began construction of the new Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch library in March 2006. The new Anchor Branch will open in January 2008. On March 8, 2006, Mayor Paul Fraim and City Council Members celebrated the revitalization of Norfolk's library system at the site of the old Pretlow Branch Library, 9640 Granby Street. Sun Bay Contracting of Virginia Beach was awarded the contract to build the new Library. Sun Bay Contracting plans to finish its work by October 2007 and the library will re-open to the public by January 2008.
The new Anchor Branch will feature:The Library will feature two distinct areas for Norfolk youths. Norfolk teens will have an area devoted just to them, which will be known as the Teen Zone. It will have 20 computers, a big screen television, and plenty of room for teens. "I can't wait to use this center. I will travel across town to go there," says a teen patron.
The 10,000 square foot children's library and early childhood learning center will be located on the second floor and will be unlike any other children's library in Norfolk. It will have 20 children's computers, a baby toddler playscape, and developmentally appropriate toys and activities for kids from birth through 10 years-old. It will also offer a large programming room for children.
"We are building a library that will meet the needs of Norfolk residents today and tomorrow. This new design increases the space designated for the children's area, providing the tools needed for the library to help parents prepare their children to enter school ready to read," says Norman Maas, the Director of Norfolk Public Library. Building the new Pretlow Branch Library is the first step in fulfilling the goals and objectives of a 1998 study prepared by Providence Associates.
The lead architect, Ed Lazaron, from Design Collaborative, Chris Smith and Sam Russo from the City of Norfolk Public Works Department, and Ray Jennings of Ray Jennings Interior Design have worked on this project closely with library staff. The architecture firm, Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas and Company, and Siska/Aurand Landscape Architects also helped to design the new Pretlow Branch Library for the Norfolk community.
Pretlow Branch Library re-located to a temporary location, 120 Balview Avenue on April 1, 2005, and will continue there until the new Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch is opened. The temporary site offers the same branch services, programming, and computer availability as other branch libraries.
To view the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library's renderings and floor plans visit Norfolk Public Library's web site, www.npl.lib.va.us.