Construction Management at Risk, Library, Municipal, Renovation/Addition

Northlake Barbara-Loar Library: Tucker, GA

Originally constructed in 1991, the Northlake-Barbara Loar Library was renovated and expanded as part of the DeKalb County Library Bond Program. One of the seven libraries that Hogan constructed as part of this program, Northlake-Barbara Loar was expanded from 10,000 to 15,000 square feet and included several key components to improve the services at this location:

  • Expanding the Public Meeting Room
  • Addition of state-of-the-art video and voice equipment in the Meeting Room
  • Designated Teen Reading Area
  • Expansion of Children’s Reading Area
  • Larger Work Room Area for Personnel
  • Additional General Reading Area

Throughout construction, it was necessary to maintain the 911 Dispatch and Emergency System that is housed within Library’s electrical room. Hogan was required to meet with numerous County municipalities to ensure that the 911 system would not be disturbed during demolition and renovation work. This required coordinating and re-routing cable, power and the County’s communication system. During demolition and renovation, the team took special caution to maintain the security of the area housing the system.

The library’s exterior, originally designed to resemble a “ship setting sails on the seas of knowledge,” was modified to project the “ship’s hull” from the children’s area. The hull is clad in bright red aluminum composite panels and is the most distinguishing element in the building.

Client Quote:

“The decision to entrust seven of the nine library bond projects to the Hogan Construction Group has proved to be on of the best decisions that the county could have made. The management team performed superbly…from estimating, collaborating with the design team to value engineer projects to meet scope, budget, quality and schedule, and subcontractor selection and management.”

Aaron Worthy, Program Manager, DeKalb County Library Bond Construction Program

Northlake Barbara Loar Library, Tucker, GA, DeKalb County Library Program