Representatives from the City of Bemidji, Bradbury Stamm Construction, Friends of the Carnegie Library, and Widseth Smith Nolting gathered at the Carnegie Library to commemorate the beginning of the structures restoration. The 109-year-old building will undergo improvements and additions to the interior and exterior to return it to its former glory. Work will continue through the winter and is expected to wrap up in the spring of 2019.
WSN completed the initial study in 2008 and created plans that include the current improvements. The renovation will include an addition to provide ADA compliant access to the building as well as returning the upstairs to its historic conditions, which will become an event space. The lower level will be split into two separate businesses and office spaces. WSN is providing architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, land surveying, and environmental services.