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Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Facilities Survey

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BACKGROUND
Year Built: 1969
Architect: John S. Bolles
Seismic Hazard Rating 2
Number of Stories One w/ basement
Type: Modern
Address: 5075 3rd Street
Gross Sq. Ft.: 7,287

PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT

The recommended modernization improvements is to make the entire building accessible and renovate the interior of the building by making efficient use of existing spaces. In addition, a new covered entry is being proposed to bring the facility entry out to the sidewalk and create a more inviting atmosphere.

The main second floor and roof is a reinforced concrete slab supported on concrete girders/beams. The general condition of the building is good, it has been well maintained since its construction.

Bayview Branch has been designated with a seismic hazard rating of 2. Therefore, seismic retrofit solutions will be limited to localized strengthening of individual members. The building’s relatively new construction put this branch among the safest in the City.

The existing main entry ramp does not meet current code. A new entry ramp and a new elevator will be added to make the first and second floor fully accessible. New or enlarged restrooms will be accessible. Signage will be introduced for improved accessibility.

The mechanical and electrical systems will be cleaned and inspected for potential code upgrades. Fire egress and fire protection systems will be improved to meet current code requirements and life safety.

It is recommended that a new electrical panel be installed to serve sensitive loads such as computers. Any proposed new electronic loads will be served from the new sensitive load panel. The new panel will be served from a feeder breaker in the main panel. The building materials will be tested for the presence of asbestos or lead containing materials for possible mitigation measures.

The entire first floor will be renovated to include a new elevator, new restrooms, and more efficient storage and janitor closets. On the second floor, the existing restroom will be enlarged and existing lighting systems will be enhanced. Existing counters and office areas will be reconfigured to make more efficient use of staff areas.

Air circulation in areas with no windows will be improved. The meeting room will be updated with data/electrical outlets and media presentation equipment.

ASSESSMENT DETAIL



SEISMIC

  1. None, although the high roof diaphragm on the east side has higher than desirable torsion, the shear walls are adequate.

Non-Structural Deficiencies

  1. Unbraced ceilings over public egresses.
  2. Unbraced fire suppression and gas piping.
  3. Lack of shut off devices for high-energy utility lines.
  4. Unbraced freestanding book stacks.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Seismic retrofit solutions will be limited to localized strengthening of individual members.
  2. Brace ceilings over public egresses.
  3. Brace gas and fire suppression piping.
  4. Install shut off devices for high-energy utility lines.
  5. Brace freestanding book stacks.

ACCESSIBILITY

  1. The basement floor is not accessible to patrons and staff with disabilities.
  2. Existing Service counters are not accessible.
  3. Existing toilets are not accessible.
  4. Existing entry ramp does not meet current code.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Install new elevator to serve both main floor and basement.
  2. Install new accessible service counters.
  3. Renovate existing toilets to make them accessible and install new toilet fixtures.
  4. Replace existing ramp with a new code conforming concrete ramp.

MECHANICAL

  1. The original heating and ventilation system is inefficient.
  2. Existing water heater and water pipes are old and inefficient.
  3. Existing sprinkler system in the basement needs to be upgraded.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Upgrade new forced air ventilation system and replace existing ducts and piping as required.
  2. Install new water heater and water pipes.
  3. Upgrade existing fire sprinkler system to meet current code.
  4. Provide continuous ventilation in all restrooms during hours of library operation.

ELECTRICAL

  1. The existing electrical system is insufficient and not code compliant.
  2. Existing light fixtures are inefficient.
  3. Existing electrical outlets are inadequate to meet the need.
  4. Need to upgrade existing telecommunication panel.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Install new main service panel to serve the proposed new electronic load with a sub-panel for sensitive loads
  2. Replace existing light fixtures with new energy saving fixtures. Check and upgrade wiring and conduits as required.
  3. Install additional data/communication outlets.
  4. Install new telecommunication panel.

LIFE SAFETY/SECURITY

  1. Need fire alarm and smoke detectors.
  2. Not exit signs in the building.
  3. Need emergency lighting at public egresses in case of power failure or in emergencies.
  4. Need additional fire extinguishers in the building.
  5. Need a burglar alarm.
  6. Not enough security lights in and around the building.
  7. Existing window and door grilles need to be replaced.
  8. Need security cameras to monitor isolated areas in and around the building.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Install new smoke detectors and fire alarm.
  2. Install new exit signs and emergency lights in public areas and egresses.
  3. Install new fire extinguishers at strategic locations in the building.
  4. Install new burglar alarm.
  5. Install new interior and exterior security lights.
  6. Install new window and door grilles.
  7. Install security cameras to monitor isolated areas in and around the building.

MATERIALS MITIGATION

  1. Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) are identified throughout the building.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Where impacted by construction, abate asbestos in plaster walls and ceilings, caulking, mastics, vinyl sheet/tile floors, radiator insulation and vapor barrier under terra cotta tile roof.
  2. Abate asbestos if found in the hot water piping and fitting insulation.
  3. Lead that is impacted by construction shall also be abated.

MODERNIZATION

  1. Improve security and provide shelter from the elements at the main entry.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Provide a covered and well-lighted walkway and ramp from the sidewalk up to the main entry.

LANDSCAPING

  1. Landscaping in front of the building provided by large planters.
  2. Need a lawn sprinkler system.

PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Develop a landscape protection, restoration and maintenance plan.
  2. Install new sprinkler system.
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