Snow-related construction delays expected to melt

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March 1, 2004 // UPDATED 9:23 am - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Construction crews working on the New Central Library are playing catch up after harsh winter conditions complicated work earlier this month, but the project's contractor Mortenson/Thor told members of the New Central Library Implementation Committee on Feb. 17 that weather delays won't impact the project's overall schedule.

The $125 million New Central Library, under construction on Nicollet Mall's north end, is scheduled to open in spring 2006.

Crews began working on the library's concrete deck late last month, said Anne Ulseth, a spokesperson for the New Central Library Project Office. The concrete work had been a few weeks behind schedule because of the winter's harsh weather.

The concrete infrastructure is beginning to rise above ground at the 400,000-square-foot site.

In other New Central Library related news, fund-raisers working on courting private donors for a $15 million campaign have secured about $7 million to date, Minneapolis Public Library Director Kit Hadley told the Implementation Committee on Feb. 17.

Some potential corporate donors contacted by fund-raisers have pledged to support library programs but have declined to donate money for the new building.