How to build a community library

Construction Update (Week 4)

Despite the slowed progress from the coronavirus, the construction continues. An initial five-day week was whittled down to three, but much was accomplished nonetheless. First was the electrical wiring, which, combined with the labor costs, came to ¥320,000. One nice thing is that a few weeks prior, we got to decide where we’d like all

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The Construction Begins!

On Thursday, July 30, 2020 the first day of construction began. This mostly involved tearing out the old flooring left behind from the previous tenant. We had thought it would be usable for the library, but upon further inspection we discovered it was too old and worn to be able to support stacks of heavy

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How to build a library Part 4: Discovering the construction company Nishiki Kenchiku

After more than three months of searching, we are happy to announce that we found a company to build our library for a reasonable cost. Their name is Nishiki Kenchiku (錦建築有限会社), and they can do the project for around ¥5,000,000. It took some time for us to get to this point: we received proposals from

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How to build a library Part 3: Finding a construction company

Now that the demolition crew is nearly finished, we turn our attention to finding a construction company to build the library. Our first choice is a company called EIGHT DESIGN (you can check out their website here) – a Meitetsu (Nagoya Railroad) company. They have some samples of their work on their site (“cases” as

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