Columbus Metropolitan Library officials said they are trying to find ways to lower the cost of building the Dublin Branch library.

The project cost needs to be reduced by $1.1 million, said Patrick Losinski, the library system’s CEO.

The cost totals $22 million now, and the goal is to reduce it to $20.9 million. Library system officials have budgeted $18.6 million and plan to raise another $2.3 million from fundraising efforts for the project, he said.

Although library officials said they are not sure what parts of the design plan could be cut to lower project cost, Losinski said interior and exterior elements are being considered.

“The number is big enough that we have to look at everything,” he said.

Dublin City Council on Sept. 11 approved the site and development plans for the library with 13 waivers and 9 conditions.

Councilwomen Christina Alutto and Chris Amorose Groomes voted against the waiver approval vote.

Council members unanimously approved the conditions.

Council granted the library system waivers on requirements that dealt with topics including landscaping, wall height and architectural design.

NBBJ’s proposed design for the $18.6 million library includes a 46,000-square-foot, three-level building that would have twice as much square footage as the current space.

Amenities include meeting and study rooms, a children’s area, programming space, a teen area, a homework help center and a cafe.

Library system officials are nearly finished figuring out where the Dublin library temporarily will operate during construction of the new building, Losinski said.

The library will relocate in December, and construction will begin by February or March, he said.

The library design has undergone slight changes since first unveiled.

Council members wanted a warmer-colored stone base for the building that had more texture, said Michael Suriano with NBBJ. The landscaping design also will feature plant varieties found in other areas of Dublin’s Historic District to soften the environment.

The library’s design will feature a “transitional element” that is a recreated corner of an historic school in the south plaza. In the 1970s, the school sat on the site of what is now the library.

The transitional element would cost $210,000 to build and is not included in the library project cost, Losinski said.

The city and the library have not yet committed to a method for paying for the element.

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