Providence library, other projects near finish in uncertain times

ADDED COST: Jack Martin, executive director of the Providence Public Library, which has nearly completed a $27 million renovation, says scheduling and cost overruns due to a lack of laborers because of the COVID-19 pandemic has added about $500,000 to the cost of the project. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
ADDED COST: Jack Martin, executive director of the Providence Public Library, which has nearly completed a $27 million renovation, says scheduling and cost overruns due to a lack of laborers because of the COVID-19 pandemic has added about $500,000 to the cost of the project. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
When Jack Martin first walked into the Providence Public Library in 2014, he felt like someone had pressed the pause button on the building for about 35 years. The library’s layout was outdated, with spaces sliced into small, individual rooms and narrow hallways filled with drab drop ceilings and fluorescent lights. “It was miserable,” he…

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