Michael Kusalaba Branch Library Project


Michael Kusalaba Branch Library
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Who is Michael Kusalaba? Learn more about this library’s benefactor and the $1.68 million donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund within the Youngstown Foundation HERE >


Size:
11,815 square feet (Previous library was 8,900 square feet)
Architect: Ronald Cornell Faniro of Faniro Architects, Inc., of Youngstown
General Contracting: Brock Builders, Inc., 11201 South Ave., North Lima, OH
Plumbing: Acme Bros. Plumbing Contractors Co., 40834 Bonesville School Rd., Leetonia, OH
Mechanical: D&G Mechanical, Inc., PO Box 231, West Middlesex, PA
Electrical: JR Warren Electrical Contracting, Inc., 839 E. Lutton St., New Castle, PA
Groundbreaking Ceremony: November 10, 2016 read more »
Grand Opening: February 14, 2018
Dedication: February 24, 2018

View the architect’s general information flyer for more information: Michael-Kusalaba-Branch-Information – pdf »


View the Michael Kusalaba Dedication Program »

View the History of the West Library Branch »


Slanina Family Donates to Michael Kusalaba Branch Library »


Library Officials Break Ground for Michael Kusalaba Branch Library  

YOUNGSTOWN (For Release at Noon, November 10, 2016) – The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County broke ground for the new Michael Kusalaba Branch Library at noon on Thursday, November 10, at a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the old West Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave.

The branch is part of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system and is being named in honor of a donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund of the Youngstown Foundation of $1.68 million dollars for construction of the new library. The project is expected to cost approximately $3.775 million and take about a year to complete. The Library operates debt-free and money has been set aside for this construction project, in addition to this generous donation.

Dr. David Ritchie, president of the Library Board of Trustees, welcomed attendees and thanked members of the Michael Kusalaba family attending the event, Ray Kucalaba* and Mary Ann Huwig, for their generosity, “Library Trustees, administration and staff are grateful for the faith they [the Kusalaba family] have placed in us to provide a wonderful new library on the West Side in memory of their brother. Michael Kusalaba was a child when his family moved to Youngstown. They lived very near the West Library. His siblings recall that Michael walked to the library almost every day and that the library was important in their lives. What a wonderful legacy this library will be.”

Dr. Ritchie thanked the community for their input into the project: “Some of you here may have participated in conversations when we asked you to provide us with input on what the community wanted and needed in a library. We thank you for your participation. We believe that this new library will reflect that we asked for your input – and we listened. We are committed to providing only the best in library service in Mahoning County. We believe this new branch will meet that goal.” 

Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel said, “It is so wonderful to be here today as we break ground on this new much-anticipated library. The road to arrive here may have been long and winding, but that makes it all the more satisfying, knowing that a new community learning and gathering place is now being built.” 

Ms. Daniel continues: “This library will be a new service model and unlike anything we have in our library system. Part neighborhood library, part state-of-the-art technology hub, and home to our Pop-Up Library services, it will be a draw not just for West Side residents, but for the entire county.”  

Ms. Daniel thanked the Michael Kusalaba family and the Youngstown Foundation for the generous donation. She expressed gratitude to Library Trustees, who have kept the system debt-free and been supportive of this branch library project. She thanked local officials and the residents of the West Side, “who took the time to talk with us, were always civil in their discourse and who showed true passion for their neighborhood and their library.” She added, “It is all of us working together that brings us here to break ground today.”

The West Library closed April 30 in preparation for the construction of the new Michael Kusalaba Branch on that same site.

Project Architect: Faniro Architects.
General Contracting: Brock Builders, Inc., 11201 South Ave., North Lima, OH
Plumbing: Acme Bros. Plumbing Contractors Co., 40834 Bonesville School Rd., Leetonia, OH
Mechanical: D&G Mechanical, Inc., PO Box 231, West Middlesex, PA
Electrical: JR Warren Electrical Contracting, Inc., 839 E. Lutton St., New Castle, PA

# # # *Please Note: Spellings are correct in this release: Michael Kusalaba and Ray Kucalaba.


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Groundbreaking for Michael Kusalaba Branch Library Set for Noon, Thursday, November 10

YOUNGSTOWN (November 4, 2016/For Immediate Release) – The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County will hold a groundbreaking for the new Michael Kusalaba Branch Library at noon on Thursday, November 10, at the site of the old West Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave.

The branch is part of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system and is being named in honor of a donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund of the Youngstown Foundation of $1.68 million dollars for construction of the new library.

The West Library closed April 30 in preparation for the construction of the new Michael Kusalaba Branch on that same site. Construction is expected to take approximately one year.

Project architect is Faniro Architects. General Contractor is Brock Builders, Inc.


Library Building and Sites Committee Awards Contracts for Michael Kusalaba Branch

BOARDMAN (October 27, 2016) – The Building and Sites Committee of the Board of Trustees, Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, met in Boardman Library today and awarded contracts for the Michael Kusalaba branch, to be constructed on the site of the West Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Brock Building Inc. was chosen as general contractor.


Committee voted to award contracts to the following bidders. A separate vote was taken in each category:

General Contracting: Brock Builders, Inc., 11201 South Ave., North Lima, OH, with a bid of $2,697,700
Plumbing: Acme Bros. Plumbing Contractors Co., 40834 Bonesville School Rd., Leetonia, OH, with a bid of $105,950
Mechanical: D&G Mechanical, Inc., PO Box 231, West Middlesex, PA, with a bid of $199,710
Electrical: JR Warren Electrical Contracting, Inc., 839 E. Lutton St., New Castle, PA, with a bid of $471,632

The Library is debt-free and money has been set aside for this construction project, in addition to the $1.68 million donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund of the Youngstown Foundation.

Project architect is Faniro Architects. The timetable calls for the building to be done in about one year.


Michael Kusalaba Branch Drawings Unveiled at June 9 Meeting; Public Invited to Provide Input

The Michael Kusalaba Branch Library was previewed by the public and the Library Board of Trustees on June 9, 2016. Ronald Faniro, of Faniro Architects Inc., presented the designs on this page at the preview with an input session and questions and answers afterwards.

The branch is part of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system and is being named in honor of a donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund of the Youngstown Foundation of $1.68 million dollars for construction of the new library. The branch is estimated to cost $2.9 million. The new building, to be constructed on the site of the West Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave.. Youngstown, will be a single-story structure of 12,342 square feet.

The interior will include a public meeting room, community living room, children’s discovery area, teen and adult collections, multimedia collections, patron assistance service points, a media center, public access computers, a technology dugoug, P2P recording studio, study rooms and more.

The new facility will also house Pop-Up Library services for the entire library system. If all goes well, the Library hopes to break ground in early fall, 2016, and construction is expected to take about a year. As with any construction project, timing could vary.


Farewell to West Library Fund-Raising Party July 14

Say “goodbye” to West Library and have one last look at the current building before it’s demolished before the building is demolished to make way for the brand new Michael Kusalaba Branch on the same site. This fundraising event includes bands, raffle, memory wall, art, food, and beer. Cost $10 a ticket and you must be 21 years old to attend. For tickets, please contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.

West Library, 4-9 p.m., Thurs., July 14


West Library Now Closed for New Michael Kusalaba Branch

YOUNGSTOWN (April 6, 2016)  – The current West Library, located at 2815 Mahoning Ave., closed at the end of day, 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 30, to prepare for construction of the new Michael Kusalaba Branch at that location.

The branch is part of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system and is being named in honor of a donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund of the Youngstown Foundation of $1.68 million dollars for construction of the new library. The branch is estimated to cost $2.9 million. Library officials hope to open the new branch sometime in 2017.

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