Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Toledo, OH

  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library OCP Toledo Consruction Project

    Toledo Lucas County Public Library

At A Glance

Expected Date of Completion: September 2019

Market: Government, Retail


Architect: HBM Architects

General Contractor:The Lathrop Company

Scope of Work

Metal Studs, Drywall, Drywall Finish, Plaster Repair, Acoustical Ceilings, Wood Ceilings, Metal Wall Panels, Acoustical Wall Panels, Painting

“OCP Contractors Inc was responsible for the metal framing, insulation, drywall, drywall finishing, acoustical ceilings, feature wood ceiling, & finish paint scopes of work on the Main Library Renovation project. OCP proved their ability to be a trusted partner through their professionalism, responsiveness, and ability to successfully complete the interiors package as specified and on schedule. OCP’s ability to adjust to the changing needs of the project was a critical component of the project’s success.”

-Ryan Gundy, SPD Project Manager, The Lathrop Company

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Main Branch’s mission is to engage the surrounding community, inspire lifelong learning and to provide universal access to a broad range of information, ideas and entertainment.

The $12-million dollar library renovation was devoted to maintaining the integrity of the original historic building while heavily reconfiguring more than half of the library’s footprint. The renovation created an open floor plan while implementing modern technological resources for guests that drive cultural, educational and economic development. Meeting spaces were made to be multi-functional, and foster collaboration. The spaces feature multiple movable tables, smart boards, and TV monitors. Additionally, a business incubator space was modeled after successful, modern-day coworking spaces, and was developed to provide resources for small local organizations. The children’s area was expanded and the gallery, as well as gift shop, were relocated.

The library also focused on integrating more aspects to become more environmentally friendly. Throughout the library, all lighting was converted to LED. Recycled materials were utilized in the carpet, drapes and acoustical panels. A new 26,000 SQ FT green roof improves stormwater management, conserves energy, mitigates the urban heat island, reduces noise and air pollution and provides space for urban agriculture (and includes a 1/4 mile walking path).

Originally beginning 51 years ago in Toledo, OCP Contractors has a long-standing reputation for working on the city’s most distinguished buildings. OCP and was a part of the renovation to the library years ago, and was invited back for their expertise.

The project was a rehab of both the original library and an addition, in which many of the drawings did not match the existing conditions. A lot of redesigning took place to accommodate walls to fit with existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing. With over a half-million annual visitors and the public depending on the library’s opening on time, there was no choice but to hit the deadline. Despite the complexities of an ever-changing project with, project scope additions, and obstacles that come along with historical buildings, the OCP team ensured the project stayed on schedule.

Thorough communication and ingenuity kept the project running smoothly. The OCP team built data vaults, customized boxes that hold a TV and aq computer screen to quickly communicate project changes. In the new children’s area, an intricate Dr. Seuss mural was hand-painted by OCP artist and mural painter, Lynn Campbell. To ensure accuracy, a line sketch was projected onto the wall.

The library will hold a grand reopening celebration on October 28th. For more information on the Toledo Public Library Main Branch, visit