Library breaks ground on its new Gahanna Branch

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Temporary location open in Hunter’s Ridge Shopping Center

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) today broke ground on its new Gahanna Branch.

Groundbreakers included:
The Honorable Karen Angelou, Member at Large, Gahanna City Council
Stephania Bernard-Ferrell, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Gahanna
Kayleigh Bowe, Community Development and Events Specialist, Visit Gahanna
Janelle Coleman, President, AEP Foundation and VP, Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement
Barbara Derrow, President, Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation
Rhoe Fields, AVP Community & Government Relations, Bath & Body Works
Don and Lisal Gorman, Philanthropists
Wes Hall, VP of Philanthropy and Education, Battelle
The Honorable Laurie Jadwin, Mayor, City of Gahanna
Tom Katzenmeyer*, President & CEO, Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Honorable David Leland, State Representative, Ohio’s 22nd District
The Honorable Mary Lightbody, State Representative, Ohio’s 19th District
Patrick Losinski, CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Brian Mooney, VP and General Manager, Turner Construction
Nate Oliver, Gahanna Branch Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Amanda Prophet, Senior Coordinator, Nationwide
Kevin Reeves*, VP, Power Origination, North American Gas & Power, BP Energy
Kristen Rost, Nationwide Foundation
Paul Smith, Community Volunteer and Philanthropist
Catherine Strauss*, Managing Partner, Ice Miller, LLP
Michael Suriano, Architect, NBBJ
Leslie Vesha, Philanthropy Manager, Battelle
Carla Williams-Scott*, Director, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Columbus
Litany Zenz, Project Manager, Turner Construction

* Columbus Metropolitan Library Board of Trustees Member

To prepare for construction, the former Gahanna Branch closed on June 19. CML has opened a temporary location at 310 Hamilton Rd. in the Hunter’s Ridge Shopping Center. The temporary location is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The collection size has been reduced with a focus on high-interest titles. When the new Gahanna Branch opens in 2022, the collection will return to its normal size.

The former Gahanna Branch, built in 1991 and renovated in 1998, was one of the most heavily used branches in CML’s 23-location system. The new two-level Gahanna Branch, now under construction on the same site, will nearly double the size of the former branch from roughly 21,400 square feet to approximately 35,300 square feet. Turner is the construction manager at risk and NBBJ is the architect.

In 2019, CML completed Phase I of its aspirational building program, which renovated or rebuilt 10 of its 23 locations:

  • The new Driving Park Branch opened July 12, 2014
  • The new Whitehall Branch opened April 11, 2015
  • The new Parsons Branch opened June 4, 2016
  • The transformed Main Library opened June 25, 2016
  • The new Northern Lights Branch opened Sept. 24, 2016
  • The new Shepard Branch opened Oct. 13, 2016
  • The new Northside Branch opened June 22, 2017
  • The new Hilliard Branch opened June 21, 2018
  • The new Martin Luther King Branch opened Oct. 18, 2018
  • The new Dublin Branch opened June 6, 2019


The Gahanna Branch project is part of Phase II, which will renovate or rebuild an additional four locations:

  • The new Karl Road Branch is expected to open in 2021
  • The transformed Hilltop Branch is expected to open in 2021
  • The new Gahanna Branch is expected to open in 2022
  • Planning for a new Reynoldsburg Branch is underway


CML hopes to have all four Phase II projects completed by 2024.

CML understands that great libraries create stronger communities, and each branch is an essential hub that reflects the unique needs of the neighborhood it serves. Some of CML’s 23 locations are 30 to 40 years old and inadequate to meet the demands of a growing 21st century community. Demands and expectations will continue to grow, along with the population of Franklin County.

CML’s aspirational building program is the result of a community-wide process that will continue to serve the needs of Franklin County well into the future. The plan is a multi-phased comprehensive blueprint that reinvents and revitalizes the entire 600,000 square feet maintained by the library.

In addition to being a vital community asset, Columbus Metropolitan Library strives to minimize its environmental footprint. With each new building or renovation project, CML plans to use sustainable building materials, incorporate glass for natural light to reduce energy costs and introduce other design and building elements friendly to the natural environment.
 
Visit columbuslibrary.org for more information and to track progress of CML’s ambitious building program.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

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