Belleville Library and Community Center construction complete
The village of Belleville marked the completion of its new library and community center by National Construction with a ribbon cutting Wednesday, March 17.
Having launched a capital campaign in 2016, broken ground just after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, and “been a bright spot for many” in the 11 months since, the Belleville Library and Community Center’s construction is complete, and it has begun its “next chapter of Belleville’s 140-year history of library use,” said the library’s director, Bronna Lehmann.
Madison-based, family- and employee-owned general contractor National Construction built the 13,805-square-foot facility located at 20 S. Park St. on the former Landmark mill site. The firm also recently completed the village of Belleville Police Station and has constructed several other area libraries.
The new facility includes a community room, kitchen, training room, large gathering space for preschoolers through teens, quiet area for reading, makerspace, study rooms, and public computers. Meeting and training space is also available for community group and business use. The expanded space will enable the library to offer additional programming for all ages. The new building was designed to meet the needs of the community for years to come.
The building’s design and technology will assist with the capacity limits of its phased opening — visitors can check a monitor in the front lobby to ensure adequate social distancing and see most of the facility from the central hallway and circulation desk.
Both Lehmann and National Construction Owner Jeff Grundahl spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also in attendance from the National Construction team were project manager Scott Johnson and superintendent John Buszta. “The project team and our company as a whole are honored to have been part of creating what will be such a valuable resource for the village for years to come,” said Grundahl.
The library and community center was designed by architectural firm FEH Design. A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan helped make the project possible.