The Windsor Public Library Lift Installation and Accessibility Project will occur inside the footprint of the existing building at 43 State Street, Windsor, Vermont. This project will entail the following:

 

- A wheelchair lift will be installed by taking space from this corner of the staff office (and a corresponding corner of a downstairs room.) This will involve shortening the bookshelves shown below, removing this office door but leaving the door frame and aligning the lift entrance with the existing historical door frame and woodwork above the door.
 
 

In order to install the lift, the floor will be cut through and a fire-rated enclosure will be created to maintain separation between floor levels.

 

Following is a picture from the hall, outside the office at the top of the stairs. This is looking in toward where the lift will be. The actual door here will be removed. The door frame will be kept and will act as the entrance to the lift. (The removed door will be kept to be reused at a future time in the library.) The door to the left in this picture will be rehung so that it opens out into the main library and not towards the stairway.

 
 
 

 The stairs to the basement will be redone for safety and to meet code requirements. The current stairs have 7” risers (which is to code), but the tread depth is narrow and there are several winders near the bottom. (Winders are stairs that are wider on one side than the other to accommodate going around a corner.) The stairs will be rebuilt to have 11” treads and no winders. The current newel post, balusters and bannister will be used as part of the new stairway as much as possible, to maintain the historical integrity while also bringing the stairs up to code.
 
Following is the view from the basement looking up at the staircase:

 
 
  
 In the basement, a corner of the historical records room will be taken up by the lift. The glass cabinets will be moved to another wall in the room so they are maintained.
 
 
 

 

The library’s only bathroom is in the basement. The current bathroom door will be expanded and reset to open outwards rather than into the bathroom.
 
 
 
The current sink will be replaced with one that is wall-mounted and ADA compliant. 
 


 
The current toilet will be reseated at a 90-degree angle for handicapped access and grab bars will be installed. 
 
 
 
Draft plans: 1st floor:
 
 
Draft plans: basement: