Mililani Library Gets Much-needed ADA Renovations

Rasa Fournier
Wednesday - April 26, 2006
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The Mililani Public Library is undergoing some long-awaited renovations. Phase one of the project, which is currently under way, involves ADA (American Disabilities Act) improvements. Though no date has yet been set, the second phase will see the installation of energy-efficient light fixtures and ballasts.

Phase one closed the library for two weeks in March for ADA improvements to the women’s restroom and for work on three other projects which include a parking stall for the handicapped, a new fire alarm and remodeling of the courtyard atrium.

“We had water coming through the floors (of the atrium),“explained branch manager Wendi Woodstrup. The building had windows down to the ground, which were allowing water to seep in. Though the recent heavy rains aggravated the situation and delayed work, the windows have been replaced by tile and finishing touches are in the works.

“We’ve been able to be open to the public, and this all is going on behind the scenes,“said Woodstrup, adding,“I’m sure (the finished project) will look really nice.”

The library is also in need of a new air-conditioning system to replace its archaic 1984 model which does not sufficiently inhibit mold and mildew. Though multiple dehumidifiers are doing the job for now, the library is waiting for news on $450,000 that the Mililani Neighborhood Board requested from the state Legislature in 2005 for the necessary improvements.

“It takes years,” said Woodstrup, who had to wait some time for funds for the current ADA improvements. “The government appropriates the money, and then it has to go through DAGS (the Department of Accounting and General Services) and then there’s this bidding process. The money (for the air conditioning system) is just at the appropriation stage.”

Nevertheless, Woodstrup is grateful for the current renovations to the facility.

“You want your building as nice as possible and up to date, and fixed and up to code,” said Woodstrup. “It’s just part of having a state building and having it done well. So far we’re on target.”

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