North Point Builders provided General Contracting services for the Reisterstown Library renovation. The Reisterstown Library Branch has operated since 1961, but the building has a history dating back to the 1820’s when the Franklin Academy was founded. Having been 50 years since the building was renovated, the library needed many modern upgrades to further improve the library’s programs for the community. Library Director Sonia Alcántara-Antoine described that the renovation was needed so the library could “provide much-needed space, energy efficiency, and modern features, while respecting the historical integrity of the building.”
In June of 2020, North Point Builders began the transformation of the two-story, 13,820 SF library. The renovation involved selective demolition, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system upgrades, new finishes, historic masonry restoration, historic window restoration, and site work. Construction also included enclosing the open courtyard to provide an additional quiet study room. Renovated areas included the check-in desk, public computer areas, main library floor, children’s room, teen space, study rooms, meeting rooms, restrooms, history room and Preservation Station, offices and support spaces, and parking lot.
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Preservation & Modernization
Prior to the project commencing, the library was congested, dark, and dated. Even so, it was highly cherished in the community. The project was a combination of modernization and preservation with the goal of providing the community with a library that had both modern features and historic charm.
Special preservation processes were required for the historic windows and exterior 200-year-old brick. All historic windows were removed and transported to the tradesman’s shop. Any wood damages were repaired and sanded, then painted and refinished with new glass and hardware. The project also added custom removable storm windows.
The project also required some repointing of failing masonry located primarily on the north side of the building. The exterior brick restoration was especially changing due to the 200-year-old brick and mortar having varying levels of discoloration and deterioration from exposure to environmental elements. To find matching bricks, the mason brought a sample from the library to a historic brick yard to locate similar samples. These samples from the were then evaluated and selected by the Design Team. For the mortar, there were many difference samples laid in the wall to determine which color best matched the existing mortar. All new mortar used in the historic section of the building was then custom colored before its application. Now the historic building has one cohesive look.
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