WENATCHEE — Wenatchee’s Forte Architects will design the $1.5 million Wenatchee Public Library building renovation project.

The Wenatchee firm, chosen from five responding to a request for qualifications last month, is not new to the project.

Forte did the initial feasibility study and preliminary plan, said Angela Morris, North Central Regional Library’s director of public services.

“We gave them what dreams we had at the time and they came up with the blueprint,” she said.

The renovations to the 60-year-old building at 310 Douglas St. identified in the plans put together in 2014 include updated restrooms, new lighting fixtures, meeting spaces, an expanded collection space, centralized information desk, outlets and technical upgrades and more.

“Now it will be refined more. We have a few changes,” Morris said.

Those include parking, said Courtney Tiffany, the Wenatchee branch librarian who is serving as project liaison between the Friends of the Wenatchee Library, the nonprofit group raising funds for the project, and building co-owners NCRL and the city of Wenatchee.

“Parking is definitely one way we can improve service,” Tiffany said. “It will likely take a partnership with the county, the city and NCRL to make it happen. At this point, we are still in talks and trying to problem-solve the struggles with limited parking for the public near the library.”

The capital campaign, led by the Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library, went public in February with about $450,000 pledged by private funders. The goal at the time was to raise one-third from large private donors, one-third from grants and one-third from smaller donors plus the city and NCRL. By mid-summer, the campaign had $837,000 in donations and pledges.

Several grant applications are in the works, Tiffany said.

“We are still seeking donations from the community — this is an important part of the success of the campaign. … We are also exploring partnerships in the community that would improve accessibility to the building and broaden the reach of our presence,” she said.

For information on the capital campaign, go to wplcampaign.org.


Nevonne McDaniels: 664-7151