The Little Walnut Creek branch, located at 835 W. Rundberg Lane, Austin, at North Lamar Boulevard, was built in 1979 and last went through major renovations in 2009, said John Gillum, APL’s facilities process manager.
“It’s an important branch library and one of our bigger ones at 11,000 square feet,” he said.
In April APL will replace the floor in the meeting room with a new flooring that is harder than carpet.
“We tried it at the Milwood branch, and it’s worked really well and is easy to clean,” Gillum said.
That project will not require closing the library, but a larger project still in design would affect patrons.
Because the Little Walnut Creek branch was built before the Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect in 1990, the ramp in front of the library is not quite ADA-compliant. Gillum said APL is planning to replace the ramp and also repair some cracks in the masonry as well as make repairs to the roof. The $500,000 project will be funded through APL’s capital budget.
Gillum said APL would also like to completely replace the roof. That project could be included in a future bond because it would cost at least $2.8 million.
While the larger ramp, roof repair and masonry repair work is underway, Gillum said staffers could also do other improvements.
“When we’re out there doing the main thrust of our work we’ll do other things like improve landscaping, reseal the parking lot and take care of any incidental things,” he said.