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Cornerstone General Contractors to Build New Kodiak Public Library


Cornerstone General Contractors was recently selected to build the new A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library in Kodiak, Alaska. The City of Kodiak contracted earlier with RISE Alaska to manage the process for design and construction of the 16,000 square foot facility, which was designed by MRV Architects of Juneau.

In addition to an adult stacks area, the facility will include separate areas for young adults and children including a crafts room. Programs will be supported by four small study rooms, a conference room that also houses a special Alaska collection, and a large multipurpose room. Library operations will be supported by a circulation desk, staff work areas, and a director’s office. The facility will be a single story for operational efficiency. A 1% For Art program is included in the project.

While LEED certification is not being pursued, sustainable practices consistent with the LEED program will be applied for the benefit of Kodiak’s desire for long term efficiencies. Key examples include light penetration and balance, a highly efficient building envelope and roof system, storm water management, heating and ventilating systems that minimize energy costs but maintain indoor air quality, and electrical systems that minimize power consumption.

The design of the library building is driven primarily by site proportions, the location of existing structures, the landscape and available views, opportunities to optimize programmatic efficiencies, and the desire to provide a building that is both functional in architectural expression, yet appropriately scaled for the community. The exterior will have energy efficient insulated vision glass in thermally broken frames to maximize views and minimize solar heat gain, as well as other durable, long-lasting, easy to maintain, sustainable, natural materials found locally that will complement the natural setting.

The facility will be constructed on a City-owned parcel that fronts Egan Way on Borough Hill next door to Kodiak High School. Early site and deep utility work is currently underway with follow-on construction beginning at the end of June 2012.

Mike Quirk, a Vice President at Cornerstone, will lead the construction team as Project Manager. Quirk’s most notable library success is the UAA/APU Consortium Library, which Cornerstone completed in 2004. Carl Brinkerhoff will serve as Project Superintendent. Brinkerhoff is an experienced builder from Homer, where he completed the construction of the Homer Public Library in 2006. Mike Selhay, a leading member of Cornerstone’s Rural Community Services Team, is serving as Project Engineer. Selhay brings an abundance of coastal community construction experience from across Alaska and the Russian Far East.


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