Joel Pritchard State Library

Architectural rendering of the new Joel M. Pritchard Library
Architect renderings by DLR Group and HBB Landscape Architecture.

The Pritchard Rehabilitation and Expansion Project (Pritchard) will address the significant functional, health and life safety hazards that were detailed in the 2017 State Capitol Development Study and earlier phases of the LCM Predesign study. Examples include:

  • More than 60 percent of the building is vacant because it was constructed for book storage and does not meet standards for use as office space.
  • The building’s proximity to a steep, unstable slope and its inadequate lateral resistance system increase risk of failure during a seismic event.

Needs with the Pritchard Building are being addressed as part of Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM).

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Major impacts

Before visiting campus, please note:

  • The construction site is fenced in, limiting some pedestrian routes and parking.
  • Expect increased noise, dust and construction traffic during work hour from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Pritchard parking lot is closed.

Project schedule

April 2021 – March 2022 – Preservation and validation study

April 2023 – December 2024 – Design

March 2024 - October 2024 – Deconstruction and abatement

October 2024 – June 2025 – Hillside stabilization

June 2025 – August 2026 – Building construction

Substantial completion expected by end of June 2026

Latest updates

  • The Construction Document (CD) phase of the project is nearing completion.
  • Pritchard tenants have moved out.
  • Site fencing is complete.
  • Removal of exterior sandstone on the “stacks” has begun.

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We are now publishing the LCM Weekly Update to keep campus tenants, visitors and local residents up to date on LCM construction work and how it impacts the campus.

Public Involvement

The design underwent months of public input, including an environmental review and feedback from the LCM Landscape Peer Review Panel.