Project Updates

 

Overall

"MAGIC is proud to work with our partner CCPL in bringing to fruition the visionary plan for the Exploration Commons at 50 East makerspace in the Westminster Branch. This will be another fantastic addition to the burgeoning technology ecosystem here in Carroll County fostering innovation and entrepreneurial growth."

Dr. Robert Wack, President, MAGIC

Accessing the Library

Fencing and barriers have been installed at the main vehicle entrance to the library so that external work can take place on the elevator tower. This entrance is expected to be blocked during most of the external construction. To access the library, please enter using the driveway for 6 East Main Street (the Law Offices of Robert H. Lennon). You may drive through to the back of the library to drop off library materials and exit through the Diffendal parking lot as normal. Signs will be posted at both entrances. The image to the right shows the location of the new temporary entrance.

Entrance

Parking

Parking is available at the back of the branch, but may be interrupted at times for deliveries or other work. Please note that parking is very limited in the Diffendal lot (the parking lot at the top of the ramp behind the branch) due to work that the City of Westminster is performing on the brick walls.

Construction Gallery

Virtual tours

Full Tour

Welcome to Exploration Commons at 50 East! Carroll County Public Library is transforming the 14,000 sf lower level of the Westminster Branch into an interactive community space offering a tech-focused Makerspace, Professional Teaching Kitchen, and multiple collaborative workspaces. Exploration Commons at 50 East is an extension of the library as well as a unique destination offering access to the latest technologies, tools, and resources. Opening in 2021.

Makerspace Tour

The makerspace is where we will provide hands-on access to equipment, resources, and instruction for people to explore their interests and bring their ideas to life. Makerspaces are community-based workshops that allow anyone to design, prototype, and manufacture items using tools that are often inaccessible due to cost or space.

Kitchen Tour

The Professional Teaching Kitchen is where we will offer programs focusing on fundamental cooking skills, nutrition, and an introduction to new cuisines. Culinary programs provide an opportunity to build life skills and create a culture of health and wellness through the joy of cooking.

Meeting Room Tour

Exploration Commons at 50 East will provide meeting and collaboration spaces for library and community programs, as well as for individual or group public use. There are two small meeting rooms seating up to 10 people each, a classroom seating 20 people, and a large meeting room with seating for over 150 people. All meeting spaces will be equipped with the latest audio/visual equipment.

Timeline

The following is the estimated timeline for the project and is subject to change.

May 2018 - Manns Woodward Studios hired
May 2018 - April 2019 - Design
June - September 2018 - Focus group meetings
May/June 2020 - Hire construction firm
August 2020 - Summer 2021 - Construction
Summer 2021 - Furnishing and stocking
Fall 2021 - Grand Opening

The Architects

Manns Woodward Studios is a Maryland-based architectural design firm with expertise in public safety and community oriented architecture in Carroll County and around the State of MD. They are dedicated to providing exceptional service and carefully tailored design solutions that meet the specific needs of their clients and their community. For more information, visit their website.

The Contractor

Lewis Contractors is an award winning, family owned and operated construction management and general contracting firm with over a half century of experience. Engaging in all types of academic, institutional, restoration, industrial, and commercial projects, the Lewis team delivers a tradition of excellence, innovative thinking, and attention to detail. For more information, visit their website.

Construction Drawings

We have completed the design phase. Here is our current floorplan.

Funding

Significant funding provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program - Maryland State Library, County Commissioners for Carroll County, and private donors.