The Seguin Public Library turned another page in its latest chapter with some recognition for the new facility.
The newly constructed building was selected as the winner of TEXO’s Distinguished Building Award for projects between $10 million and $30 million. According to a city news release, a $14.8 million taxpayer approved bond was used to build the new facility along with an additional $2 million from the city’s CPS Energy Agreement.
“It’s no surprise to us that our gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Seguin Public Library is receiving these kinds of accolades. It is without a doubt a masterpiece of architecture and construction,” said Library Director Jacki Gross.
According to its website, TEXO is the largest commercial contractors association in Texas and is named after the Latin word which translation is “to build, to construct, and to weave.”
Byrne Construction Services, the contractor which built the new library, nominated the project for the award.
“This project is important to Seguin as it functions not only as a central gathering place for the community but as an icon for the city,” Director of Marketing for Byrne Construction Services Chad Anderson said. “The Seguin Public Library exemplifies Byrne’s efforts as a local Texas builder shaping the communities in which we live and work.”
Mayor Don Keil said the award is vindicating, and an honor, for all the work that was put in to making the construction of the new facility happen.
“I think it means a lot because so many people in the beginning probably never really understood what we were trying to do with the library, making it a centerpiece of the community,” he said. “I think it brings some attention to the fact that this is a great asset that we have for the community to use, and it’s a point of pride.”
The location of the library across from Walnut Branch Park helps emphasize the beauty of Seguin, Keil said.
“We do care about learning,” he said. “We care about preserving our culture and our history. It’s just a plus and it helps us to be very proud of the community.”
Gross advised those who have not been to visit the new building should take some time to do so.
“I encourage everyone who has not visited the new library to stop by and see what all the talk is about — the reclaimed wood features, the tree canopy wall coverings, the great views, and of course, the books!” she said.