By Ted AYALA
The Brand Library’s structural improvements, which are currently underway, were augmented on Tuesday when Glendale City Council approved a set of additional architectural updates to the facility. The most notable enhancements were those dealing with seismic upgrades for the Brand Library. Other enhancements included upgrades for the library’s auditorium and outdoor plaza as well as the addition of a wing honoring victims of the Armenian Genocide.
The additions, which will cost $340,878, will bring the total cost of the Brand Library’s improvements to $1,363,866.
City Manager Scott Ochoa said the added upgrades entailed some modifications of the library’s upgrade project. He also noted that the need for additional seismic upgrades increased the costs for the renovation. Other proposed additions were chosen after feedback with members of the community.
“The project has grown and, thus, the design costs have grown with it,” he said. “Generally speaking, you’re going to see an increase in costs.”
Mayor Dave Weaver spoke approvingly of the upgrades, saying that the proposed additions “looked great.”
Talar Malakian, executive director of the Glendale branch of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), also praised the city and the Brand Library for accepting the proposed additions. She gave special praise to the city for the “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” wing of the Brand Library that will pay tribute to victims of the Armenian Genocide.
“We are excited to see that the Armenian Genocide Memorial Collection will have a room of its own,” she said. “We’re glad to see that it’s now a reality and that we now have a place to commemorate these crimes against humanity.”
The contract for the additional improvements was awarded to Gruen Associates of Los Angeles. Among its notable previous projects have been the station designs for the Metropolitan Transportation Agency’s (MTA) Gold Line and Expo Line.