Edwardsburg Branch Build
Cass District Library is thrilled to announce the acquisition of 5.48 acres on US 12, immediately east of Section Street, in the Village of Edwardsburg. This beautiful wooded setting will be the home of the new Edwardsburg Branch Library.
The dream for a new Edwardsburg Branch began after the completion of a Facilities Master Plan in 2021 and was brought to fruition through a successful Headlee Override millage vote in the August 2022 election.
This new location will allow the Edwardsburg Branch to comfortably accommodate a growing patron base through expanded areas for interactive play, learning, studying, and creating. Print collections will be expanded, technology brought up to date, and a much desired meeting room will be constructed for community use. Another major improvement will be a dedicated space for young adults.
The Library is incredibly thankful for the early support of the Village of Edwardsburg and County Planning Commission in ensuring the proper conditions and approvals were met to proceed with the purchase. The Library continues to be astonished by the strong community support and is looking forward to engaging with patrons and community members in the design of the new branch.
Cass District Library is actively embracing the changing role of public libraries in creating safe and welcoming spaces for communities to find inspiration through learning and connecting. The physical space of the modern public library is one of its greatest assets and the investment in Edwardsburg will better position the Library to meet community needs.
Following a competitive bid process, the Library Board recently awarded the building project to Abonmarche, which will lead community engagement efforts and execute the programming and schematic design of a new 9,000 square foot facility. Abonmarche demonstrated a true passion for public libraries and deep understanding of the importance of a community informed project.
“We are thrilled to help bring a new chapter of the Edwardsburg Branch Library to life for all members of this vibrant community,”
said Arvin Delacruz, Architect at Abonmarche.
“The modern library experience has so many opportunities to prompt connection, learning, and community activism – and our team is excited to design those opportunities into a built environment that works for the community members of Edwardsburg and throughout the region. We look forward to our partnership with Cass District Library as they embark on this new investment.”
the barton group
Cass District Library has partnered with The Barton Group to provide Owner Representative services for the new Edwardsburg Branch Library. The Barton Group (TBG) team will provide the support for Pre-Construction, Construction Administration, and Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment services.
TBG’s construction professionals will provide valuable project guidance to ensure the library’s needs are always met.
Abonmarche and TBG will coordinate to help evaluate construction bids and choose the right contractor to bring the new library to life. TBG will provide overall team management and project oversight, allowing Cass District Library personnel to focus on providing the services the community relies on.