Construction Updates

Floorplan of New Library

December update

By Tevis Laspa

If the rainy autumn weather has thwarted any of your outdoor projects, you’ll understand that the swift pace we’ve seen on the library construction project has been dampened. But just a bit!


Rick Samaduoff, the site manager, and Ryan Edwards, Rick’s assistant, (both of Union Corner Construction) kindly provided this update.


Three weeks of rain could have spelled disaster for the adult fiction area. This area has large fir glulam beams topped by vertical-grain fir roof substrate. Luckily, the rain did not penetrate the plastic sheeting used to protect the wood from being water stained. During a weekend break in the weather, crews worked Saturday and Sunday to install a new, super-thin membrane roof. There are now roof drains in the corners that dump the rainwater into the storm drainage system underground.

Protecting this magnificent wooden ceiling from rainwater damage was paramount.

Before any windows can be mounted, a blue waterproofing/vapor barrier paint system must be installed. This product is called DryVit. The seams are sealed with a fabric tape, then two coats of paint are applied. This material replaces the tar paper or plastic Tyvek that is commonly found in residential construction. In the photo on the roof (below), you can see the new windows being installed.

Whether the day is sunny or cloudy, natural light will flood the center of the library.

By the end of November, work should have started on installing a metal roof on the steeper roof sections. The rough installation of the fire sprinkler system should be finished, and other ground-level windows should be installed.


Unless, of course, the weather has other plans for our spectacular library’s progress! Keep your fingers crossed!

November update

by Tevis Laspa

If you haven’t been by the construction site lately, you’ll be surprised to see that the structure looks nothing like the former Ridgefield Community Center. The building now reveals the shape and dimensions of your new library! Most noticeable are the striking roof design and large windows that will make this one-story library feel expansive and open.

This is the architectural rendering of the new library as it faces Mill Street.

And this is what the building looks like as of October 31, 2020.

Union Corner Superintendent, Rick Samaduoff, provided a brief overview of what’s been happening during October.

Currently the raised roof structure is being installed over the adult fiction area. This is the area where the roof trusses were completely removed in the old community center to allow the roof to be raised for a lighter, airier feeling. There are new 27-inch glulam beams installed running east to west. On top of that, 2 ½ inch tongue-and-groove decking was installed. Plywood and six inches of rigid insulation will be installed over the decking. Finally, a thick roof membrane will be glued down and screwed in place. That should allow the building to be dried in by November 10.

The existing roof on the Main Avenue side is currently being supported by a temporary wall. There is a 30-inch glulam beam running north and south. This beam will hold up the east and west roof permanently, allowing the temporary wall to be removed.

The roughed-in plumbing is complete. Roughed-in electric and HVAC (heat, ventilation & air conditioning) systems are targeted for completion in mid-November. And all those marvelous windows are coming soon.

Here’s another architectural rendering of your library from a Main and Mill vantage point. It’s perfectly all right to get excited now (if you’re not already)!

October Update

by Tevis Laspa

In the last 3 weeks, the former Ridgefield Community Center building has changed in undeniable ways! Perhaps now you can imagine how much bigger and better the new Ridgefield Community Library will be.

The exterior “skin” of the building has been removed including siding, windows, and doors. Approximately 50% of the roof structure has also been removed in anticipation of raising the roof to make the new library open and airy.

It doesn’t get more open and airy than this!

Supporting the new roof will be new steel vertical supports that will hold a new large glulam beam in the center of the building running north and south. This beam will support the east and west roof trusses. The west roof trusses will be reused; the east trusses will be new.

The contractor spokesman—Ryan—from Union Corner Construction, explained their next steps. Through the end of October, their focus will be on the plumbing and electrical infrastructure. This means that all the pipes and cables will be run to their end points. The outlets, switches, lights, toilets, sinks, and other bits are not installed until after insulation and sheet rock installation.

The window contractor is also expected to install windows towards the end of the month.

We have all worked a very long time for this new, bigger, and better Ridgefield library. The evidence of our collective vision (and fortitude to see it through) is now incontrovertible. It’s happening, library lovers!

September Update

by Tevis Laspa

A little over ten percent of the renovation project is complete. You may not have seen much happening on the outside, but the demolition company, the Wrecking Crew, has been very busy on the inside of the building.

The interior has been reduced to the studs. The north hip roof will come off soon to extend the west roof line up to the sidewalk. The east roof will be removed in its entirety to raise the inside space approximately two feet.

The "skeleton" of the building

In addition to the demolition work, the same company is preparing the site for the plumbers. They have cut the floor to allow for new plumbing in the areas that need underground drain lines.

You may have noticed that Main Street was closed for a day or two just a while ago. A new two-inch water line was brought into the property. Plumbers were on site the day after Labor Day starting to put the new pipes in the ground.

Channels cut through the floor for underground plumbing

With every building project - especially a remodel of an existing building - unexpected or confounding issues will arise. One concern from the beginning was the contaminated ground water from Park Dry Cleaners. This contaminated water exists but is down eight feet. Since there are no excavations over four feet, there is no worry of coming into contact with this area. To date, all other issues arising from the remodel have been small and easily resolved.


Delivering this project within the 270-day time frame is something everyone is taking seriously. Activity was happening in the building during the Labor Day weekend and Labor Day. Library staff, Friends of Ridgefield Community Library, and everyone who has helped this dream become a reality should be quite pleased with this remarkable progress!

August Update

by Tevis Laspa

What’s happening to the Ridgefield Community Library?

The former Ridgefield Community Center/Library building is undergoing a major rebuild. A local design firm, Battle Ground architects Johansson-Wing completed the drawings a while ago. In addition to typical delays for permits and approvals, the 2020 pandemic deferred this project until now.


The demolition permit was issued by the City of Ridgefield to begin this renovation. Asbestos testing was completed, a security fence was installed Tuesday, August 16. An additional security fence was installed around the old Public works building across the street. This building will be used as construction HQ, equipment and raw material storage.


The demolition contractor, “The Wrecking Crew,” began their work Wednesday, August 19. Demolition should take about two weeks to complete. During this process, the power and water are shut off to the building.

FVRL facilities director David Josephson and Union Corner construction supervisor, Rick Samaduroff , discussing next steps.

The Ridgefield Library’s temporary location is the former Umpqua bank building on the corner of 3rd and Simmons.

Five years of planning, fundraising, and community support have led us to this point. Remember all those fun fundraisers when we gathered and laughed together? In this unprecedented time of isolation, let’s look forward together with enthusiasm to this community treasure!