The Bangor Public Library is in the midst of a major renovation.
” I’m so appreciative that the people in Bangor really love their library,” said Barbara Mcdade, director of the library.
McDade loves the century-old building, too. In fact, she loves it so much, watching the copper dome be put in place made her emotional.
” I have to admit, I had tears in my eyes whenever they started to set it down this morning. It’s a crowning moment of the day,” said McDade.
The roof repairs are almost done and it’s been a lot of work to get to this point.
” We had to rebuild all the wood on the inside and manufacture all new pieces of copper and solder everything in place so it’s all water tight,” explained Lee Corro, vice president of Roof Systems of Maine.
” It’s just an amazing piece. It’s so intricate,” said McDade.
Moving the dome to the top of the building was a special moment for the construction crew, too.
” The sheet metal guy and I kind of gave us a high five when we were up there. It’s been a big thing at the shop. It’s been pretty cool,” said Corro.
The roof work is just part of the $9-million renovation.
” We’re ready to meet the next generation and serve the city well for the generations that come,” said McDade.
The library has raised more than $8-million, but needs an additional $575,000 by the end of the year to meet the goal for the complete redesign.