West Chester Friends Library Building
Delran Builders completed the construction of this 5,000 sq. ft., two-story administration/library in five months. The project started in March and a total of twelve days were lost due to inclement weather. The site is extremely small which required a tremendous amount of coordination between the site retention and utilities that needed to be completed during the construction of the new building. Further complicating site logistics was the fact that parking was limited as the site is located on a busy main street in West Chester. Just prior to the turnover of the building all the landscaping was completed along with the sidewalks and parking lot, all at the same time, without skipping a single piece to the puzzle.
The building is very well designed using limited space to provide offices, a library, two sets of stairs and a small elevator. In the unfinished basement even the duct work was part of the design. The ductwork was designed and coordinated to be installed within the trusses as they were being installed so there is more head room for future finished space. The library space includes soundproofing in the floor under the hardwood flooring. The library also has a cupola for additional lighting and is an added bonus from an exterior viewpoint to the ambiance of the building. A motorized shade in the cupola as well as window shades will allow the proper setting to view movies or lessons on the projector screen. Custom made window benches can be used for studying or learning.
The staircases are both custom-built. The enclosed stairway has a continuous steel rail with steel wire mesh panels. The open stairway has oak treads and risers with a custom made handrail. There is a lot of detail in this building.
The building structure is steel with wood truss construction for floors and rafters. The walls are all wood framed with a double layer of drywall on the inside of all the exterior walls. Pella Windows and Marvin doors set off the decorative look to match the existing structures.
Owner: West Chester Friends School
Architect: James Bradberry