Sunday, July 16, 2017, 3:30 p.m.:
Materials holds at Burton Barr Central Library
Holds currently held at Burton Barr Central Library and those to be picked up at Burton Barr Central Library will all be sent for pickup to South Mountain Community Library. You will have 10 days to pick up your hold at South Mountain Community Library once you receive notification that the hold is ready for pickup there. You have the option of picking up your item(s) at South Mountain Community Library within the 10 days or allowing the 10 days to pass and the hold to expire. Please contact Ask Us if you have any questions or concerns about this.
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 11:15 a.m.:
At 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, a microburst over the roof lifted the roof structure (which it is designed to do) and was strong enough to lift the membrane AND the tiles which also lifted the weatherproof membrane meant to protect the structure during such extreme weather.
This led to a broken sprinkler system in the high roof, NW quadrant.
Water rained downed from the 5th floor (which is a raised floor and computer access floor) which allowed the water to spread further through the building. We are still evaluating the extent of the damage but it is believed that 50% of the building has some water damage.
At one point there was several inches of standing water on the 1st floor
We would like to acknowledge the amazing management of water issues by City staff since last night.
Over 300 drying fans powered by an emergency generator are in operation.
Around 40-50 de-humidifiers are being brought in, as well.
What is damaged?
At this time, the exact damage caused has not been fully determined, but the library's historic collections have not seen any damage thus far. These areas are designed as they would be in a museum, so there are layers of protection present for these sensitive collections.
After this preliminary investigation, Will Bruder, architect of Burton Barr Central Library and a structural engineer that designed the upper roof will be arriving this afternoon to further assess the damage. There is no reason to believe there is any problem with the roof. The almost 30 year old roof has had no prior issues.
- To temporarily protect the roof from any future rains as the weatherproof membrane has been disturbed and not the structure of the roof itself.
- To dry out the moisture in the building.