The Cedar Rapids Public Library has received four pallets of bricks from the historic Sinclair smokestack to be incorporated into the new downtown library.
“We have a strong desire to build a library that reflects the history and values of this community,” said Library Director Bob Pasicznyuk. “Taking pieces of history and integrating them in functional ways in our new building is one way in which we are honoring the past while creating a civic space designed for the future.”
Demolition on the Sinclair smokestack, located at 1600 Third St. SE, began in July. The bricks were tested by Family Environmental and declared safe to use in the new library.
D.W. Zinser, the Walford-based contractor hired to do the demolition, selected the best bricks, packed the pallets, and delivered them to the Ryan Companies US, Inc. yard, all at no cost. They will stay there until construction begins on the new library.
Construction on the new downtown library is expected to begin summer 2011 with a completion date of late 2012.