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Topping-Out Ceremony Celebrates Milestone Placement of Final Structural Steel Beam on Durham County Library’s Main Library

Durham, NC – On Thursday, July 19, 2018, Durham County Library staff – along with Durham County officials and staff, and representatives from Skanska USA, Holt Brothers Construction, and Vines Architecture – attended the “topping out” of Durham County Main Library at 300 N. Roxboro St. in downtown Durham. The Topping-Out Ceremony signaled the placement of the final structural steel beam on the project of Main Library’s renovation and expansion, and featured remarks by Durham County officials, Library Director Tammy Baggett, and representatives of Skanska and Holt Brothers. Attendees at the milestone event were invited to place their signatures on the steel beam before its ceremonial placement at the top of Main Library.

Of the Topping-Out Ceremony, Library Director Tammy Baggett said, “It was both encouraging and inspiring to witness this momentous occasion in the company of our community partners and supporters. Durham County Library continues to be especially grateful to Skanska, Holt Brothers Construction, and Vines Architecture for their major contributions to this exciting project. We look forward to their continued progress, and for the reopening of Main Library in 2020, which will most certainly be a joyous occasion for the Durham County community!”

The much-anticipated transformation of Main Library will provide additional space, updated facilities, and enhanced technology to the downtown Durham community. Once the project is completed, the library will be approximately 90,000 square feet – offering roughly 20,000 more square footage than its previous configuration. Features of the library will include a new interior layout and building entries for ease of use, as well as increased visibility and natural light throughout the facility. Main Library will further house a comprehensive literacy and technology center, a MakerLab (a hybrid, creative space that will connect the community with new and emerging technologies, while encouraging creative and artistic discovery), S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) facilities, and a new interior auditorium for special events. There will be rooms for music and video resources, business training, teaching, networking, and cultural education. Additionally, there will be areas for public computers, extensive programing, and collaboration for library and community use. The renovated library will also have a prominent outdoor public plaza and amphitheater for programming and events.

Durham County Manager Wendell Davis, who attended Thursday’s Topping-Out Ceremony, said, “Libraries have a significant role in the advancement of knowledge in our community, and we are excited that Durham County Library is a part of the booming growth of downtown. Once opened, this facility, like our regional libraries, will be a center of enlightenment that speaks to future generations about the state of our civility and intellect.”

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

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