January 22, 2018
NAPA, Calif. – Last week, Alten Construction, a full-service San Francisco Bay Area commercial construction company, wrapped up the restoration of the historical Goodman Library in downtown Napa.
Alten Construction repaired the 2014 earthquake damage to the 5,433-square-foot building built in 1901. The project, which began in April 2017, is being nominated for the Project of the Year Award through the American Public Works Association (APWA).
During the more than $1.7 million project, the construction installed a new roof, repaired and reinforced timber roof trusses, fixed damaged terra cotta entry columns and the entry doorway arch and restored and repaired interior wood trim, lath and plaster walls and dislodged interior metal tin ceiling tiles and trim. Alten Construction also reconstructed damaged areas of the structural stone walls and repaired and replaced miscellaneous cracked and dislodged wall stones and a partially collapsed stone entry tower.
The building still possesses many of its original fixtures, including most of the original shelves, fine pressed tin ceilings, staircase, woodwork and desks. The commercial construction company employed a qualified historic architectural consultant to monitor the work through the entire process.
“This project is an example of federal and local governments working together with a contractor to successfully complete a historically significant project,” said Mike Berger, the construction division manager for the City of Napa’s Public Works Department. “Through the project team’s diligence, hard work and concerted efforts, the project was completed on time and under budget.”
Located at 1219 First Street, the Goodman Library is the longest continuously operating library in California. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places on January 21, 1974.