It may not be apparent from the street, but we have been busy getting the Central Branch ready for renovations. It took almost all of December to move the bulk of the furniture, equipment, art and collections out of the building. We started with the staff furniture and computers during the first weekend of December, and worked steadily until just before Christmas moving items to our temporary office space, to other branches and, for some specialized items such as our art collection, to appropriate storage facilities. Since then, we have been removing the last few odds and ends and listing surplus items for sale on GovDeals.
We are in the final stages of reviewing the documents that will be used to tender the project and hire a general contractor to complete the renovation. The tender should be issued by the end of January and a contractor hired by early February. Construction will begin shortly thereafter.