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Pugwash’s new library moves toward late fall completion date

A worker uses a saw to cut a piece of siding for the Pugwash Library. The $2.198-million facility will replace the existing library in the former train station. Construction is expected to wrap up in late November. Darrell Cole – Municipality of Cumberland

Work on Pugwash’s new library is progressing despite some challenges presented by post-tropical storm Fiona late last month.

Project manager Roger MacIsaac said the $2.198-million building is rapidly taking shape and construction is expected to wrap up in approximately a month’s time.

“Things are going very well,” MacIsaac said. “Right now, there is a lot of work going on inside with drywall and finishing mechanical and electrical work and over the next 10 days or so we’ll be getting ready for painting.”

Work on the 3,700-square foot building began earlier this year when the Municipality of Cumberland announced plans to build the library that will replace the existing facility located in the former Pugwash train station since 1988.

Iron Maple Constructors and sub-contractors have been working since then to build the building, while the community recently wrapped up its fundraising campaign, surpassing their $500,000 goal in the community by nearly $90,000.

While the building’s interior continues to take shape, MacIsaac said exterior work is continuing with siding being installed on the building while curbing is being put in place. He expects asphalt to be placed in the parking lot as early as next week.

“We’ve had a couple of setbacks, but they haven’t impacted the overall project,” MacIsaac said. “The hurricane didn’t really set us back directly. We lost a few shingles, but it set back some of our suppliers and some of our sub-trades that resulted in us not getting some of our materials when we were supposed to.”

MacIsaac said he’s happy with the project’s progress. He expects the library to begin moving in soon after that with the building being open to the public early in 2023.

He also credits the contractor, Iron Maple Constructors, for its efforts, adding they never came to him with a problem, but offered solutions to any challenges that arose.

“There were a few hiccups, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome. We expected some other problems, but they didn’t develop, and the project has progressed very well throughout the summer and into early fall without having any significant delays or setbacks,” MacIsaac added.