Kennett Library & Resource Center

Construction has begun with the Big Dig and will continue for the next 15 months. Look for a Grand Opening in the spring of 2023. 

Project Costs

Total Cost
$21.7 Million

Total Raised to Date
$15.4 Million


Official Groudbreaking
August 12, 2021

Construction Begins
October 2021

Grand Opening
Spring 2023

Campaign Newsletters

Supporting the Campaign for the New Kennett Library.

July 2021 Issue
May 2020 Issue
August 2020 Issue
December 2020 Issue
Winter 2022 Issue

Meet our Construction Team

Collectively these firms bring 500 years of experience to our project.

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Visioning Study

Defining Kennett Library’s requirements to be a 21st century library – encouraging intellectual pursuits, providing resources to all, and being a locus around which communities can prosper.

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Economic Impact Study

The purpose of this report is to estimate the library’s potential economic impact to Kennett Square Borough and the townships of Kennett, Pennsbury, Pocopson, East Marlborough, Newlin, New Garden, and West Marlborough.

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Project History

The project design team was authorized to proceed with the Construction Documents stage of the design phase on November 16, 2020.
Architect/RRMM issued the Construction Documents / Permit Plans design package to Kennett Library on March 29, 2021.
Kennett Library and Owner’s Rep/CBRE Heery reviewed the Construction Documents design package to confirm all prior design review comments were satisfactorily addressed and noted a few new concerns which were transmitted to the design team on April 14, 2021.
Revisions to the Construction Documents design package were submitted to Kennett Square Borough on June 17, 2021 in response to the ICC review comments on the Construction Documents package dated March 29, 2021.
A meeting was held with Kennett Square Borough on June 30, 2021 to review the open ICC comments and Architect/RRMM’s latest drawing revisions. Architect/RRMM responded to the Borough’s requests for clarification of open permit comments made during the June 30th meeting on July 20, 2021. Architect/RRMM’s responses were accepted by Kennett Borough on August 17, 2021.
The final version of the Construction Documents / Permit Set plans and specs were issued to Construction Manager/EDiS on September 20, 2021 for sub-contractor bidding.


Project Cost

Construction Manager/EDiS issued their Construction Documents estimate to the project design team on May 28, 2021. Their estimate for the cost of the construction work increased by $2M mainly driven by foundation, steel, roofing, metal framing and drywall cost increases.
Value Engineering was undertaken following this Construction Documents estimate and was successful in bringing the project scope and Final Construction Documents estimate into alignment with the project budget.
The Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the project was established at the end of 2021 and stands at $21.7 million.

Project Schedule

The construction started in November 2021.
The construction completion date and New Library grand opening date are forecasted for spring of 2023.