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Library Renovations: Considerations and Case Studies

Building Management and Leadership


You’ve decided to renovate your library either in its entirety or just a section.  This session will cover case studies of recent library renovations in the state of Ohio. The presenters will share what decisions they had to make during the design and construction process, as well as lessons learned. There will be ample time for questions.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn what design considerations to contemplate when renovating a library.

  • Hear lessons learned from recent renovation projects in Ohio libraries.

  • Understand considerations for historical renovations.

Peter Bolek, President and Director of design for HBM Architects, is the heart of the firm’s collaborative working model, taking an active role in both strategic and detailed design solutions in the studio.  His passion lies in the belief that in addition to solving complex and pragmatic needs of a client’s program, design has the transformative power to enhance our everyday life experiences.  Peter provides design leadership and insight into all the firm’s projects, as well as acting as the project designer on the firm’s most significant projects. 
Peter has more than 20 years of experience with public sector clients and has participated in and orchestrated all facets of feasibility studies, programming, planning, design and construction of library projects across the country.

Wendy Tressler, M.Ed, MLIS, Director of Capital Planning & Project Management, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Throughout the past two decades, Wendy Tressler, M.Ed., MLIS has worked in a variety of leadership roles at Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). Currently serving as the Director of Capital Planning & Project Management, she leads construction, facilities, technology, and lean/operational excellence projects for the library’s 24-building system. In her role, Tressler leads the library’s nearly $275M aspirational building program that includes the replacement or significant renovation of 18 buildings to date. 

Ms. Tressler is one of only a few women in Ohio leading construction management, and is recognized as an expert in library facilities building planning and project management. Her expertise and consultation has been shared widely; presenting and serving on numerous local, state, regional and national panels for the library, architecture and construction industries. Tressler’s leadership experience includes the Ohio Library Council and American Library Association (ALA). She has also guest lectured at Kent State University- Columbus Campus Master of Library Information Sciences (MLIS) program and Syracuse University Online MLIS program on project management in libraries. Tressler has been a member of ALA’s Core Library Interiors & Furnishings and Equipment committee since 2014 and was appointed Chair of the Building and Operations Section Leadership Team.

The last Program in the Series:

Tuesday, 7/26/2022
Furniture Evaluation and Selection in Public Libraries

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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern

Online via Zoom

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Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in Library Renovations
Competency: Project and Building Management

Non-Member Cost:      $55
NEO-RLS Bronze Member:   $40
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:  $25
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Member Cost:  $27.50

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