Central Library Renovation

Central Library Proposed Renovation Project…building momentum.

The Central Library building was state-of-the-art when it was built nearly 40 years ago. However, minimal improvements and deferred maintenance, in the face of changing information technology requirements and increased use demands, have left a building that has outdated technology and poor energy performance, is functionally inadequate, is not code compliant, and, in some respects, is unsafe. Read summaries of the infrastructure and library use issues that the building faces.

As these concerns became more and more apparent, the Brown County Library Board took a proactive approach by commissioning a series of studies to determine whether and how the existing building could be renovated to serve future and functional needs.


A donation funded a Space Needs Analysis, which determined that although it certainly has issues, the current Central Library has the space requirements to move forward.


A state grant funded an Energy Efficiency Assessment of the Central Library building

  • Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary & Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Section A: Utility Analysis
  • Section B: DR Analysis
  • Section C: Facility Overview
  • Section D: ECM Analysis
  • Section E: Appendices

The County funded a Facility Condition Assessment conducted by The Boldt Company at the Central Library:

as well as other Brown County branch libraries:

Cover and Introduction Letter Ashwaubenon Branch
Table of Contents Kress Family Branch
Executive Summary Southwest Branch
General Recommendations – Long Term Plan Weyers-Hilliard Branch


The County funded a Renovation Cost Analysis which concluded that the building was in ‘poor condition” and determined that an estimated $12 million would be required immediately to address deferred maintenance and to accomplish these objectives.


A Repair Master Plan was developed indicating that design and construction costs for library renovation would be in the range of $14.75 million.

Also in 2011, federal money was received to replace the existing inefficient and leaky rooftop skylight, as recommended in the reports. The new installation has been a great success. Imagine how one improvement could be translated to the rest of the building!


Brown County Public Works Building Maintenance Assessment