Elevate Denver Bond Program

In November 2017, Denver voters overwhelmingly approved measure 2E, which provides $69.3 million to renovate the Denver Central Library and 10 branch libraries as part of the Elevate Denver Bond program.

Here you’ll find basic information on the library’s 11 bond-related projects as well as updates on construction and temporary closures. You can also visit the City’s Elevate Denver website for additional information about all Denver projects. 

The first debt issuance for Elevate Denver bonds allows the library to begin four of 11 scheduled projects. Each project has a design team, which includes representatives from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure selected architects and library staff.

News & Project Updates

Central Library facade

Byers and Smiley Branch Libraries

Update: April 2020
Designer: Studiotrope Design Collective 
General Contractor: Interlock Construction

These two branches are packaged together because of their age—each is 101 years old—and because they are both Carnegie libraries and have similar architectural opportunities and challenges. The library hosted community meetings in the summer of 2019 to gather input from customers and neighbors. Design has been completed based on community input and we are currently expecting that construction will begin on these projects in mid-2020 and will be complete in mid-2021. Due to the disruption of construction, both branches will be closed to the public during the renovations. 

Denver Central Library

Update: April 2020
Designer: Studiotrope Design Collective 
General Contractor: GH Phipps 

The largest of the library projects, members of the City’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure and Denver Public Library hosted several public meetings in 2019 to gather input from customers, partners, and other community users. This feedback has guided the design process which we are expecting to be completed in summer of 2020. The construction timeline is not available but is expected to begin in 2021.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Update: October 2020
Designer: Handprint Architecture

The designer is currently working with the City’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure and Library members to determine scope, schedule, and community engagement plan. Community engagement began in the summer of 2020 and construction will begin sometime in 2022.


Elevate Denver Bond Renovations

Athmar Park Branch Library
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Byers Branch Library
Denver Central Library
Eugene Field Branch Library
Pauline Robinson Branch Library
Ross-Barnum Branch Library
Ross-Broadway Branch Library
Ross-University Hills Branch Library
Smiley Branch Library
Schlessman Family Branch Library

Resources:
Activate!Denver Facilities Master Plan
Contracting opportunities
Elevate Denver Bond website
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