PORT WASHINGTON, NY — Port Washington Public Library, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), general contractor Stalco Construction, and construction manager SCC Construction Management Group have completed the $2.8 million redevelopment of the library’s children’s section. The newly named Jackie and Hal Spielman Children’s Library is fully modernized, and – at 5,500 s/f – slightly larger than the former children’s section, which was initially built in 1976. The Children’s Library serves more than 7,600 children and parents throughout the year. The library’s goal was to renovate the children’s room without using any tax assessments or issuing any bond, so as not to put a tax burden on local residents. Instead, the Library raised $1.5 million from private donors from the local population. One of the largest such donations came from Domenick “Don” Vultaggio, the co-founder of the locally based company AriZona Beverages USA. The rest of the cost came from the Library’s existing funds.
"The Children’s Library was last renovated 20 years ago and had become outdated. We wanted to develop a creative space that incorporated technology and addressed the many learning styles of children of all ages,” said Nancy Curtin, Port Washington Public Library Director. “The design and construction team delivered an extraordinary Children’s Library that has thrilled children, their parents, and staff members alike,” she continued.