BOLINGBROOK – Fountaindale Public Library’s state-of-the-art digital media center has reopened after flooding caused almost $600,000 worth of damage to the studio.
The library is hosting a re-opening celebration for Studio 300 this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on the library’s lower level.
Studio 300 has been closed since April 18, when a rainstorm swept through the area and flooded the nearly brand new $3 million facility.
“It was one of those days where we received a tremendous amount of water in a very short amount of time,” Executive Director Paul Mills said.
The studio’s carpeting, dry wall and sound studios were damaged by the flooding. Aside from the sound studios, which have been entirely replaced, a multi-use video recorder TriCaster was the only piece of equipment destroyed, Mills said.
The studio was closed for nearly six months and was re-opened in late September, said library Communications Manager Chrissy Little. At the time the storm occurred, Studio 300 had been open for only a month.
While repairs were completed, aspects of the studio were relocated to the third floor of the library, Little said.
Mills said repair costs to the facility total approximately $575,000.
“Most of it will be covered by insurance, but probably not all,” he said.
A grant from the Illinois Library Association covered the $25,000 deductible, but Mills estimated that about $50,000 to $60,000 in repair costs will have to be paid for by the library itself.
Mills said the library’s insurance company has completed an investigation to determine whether or not the flooding was due to faulty construction, but the report has not yet been released.
The library conducted its own investigation into the flooding incident, Mills said. The results indicated that water, “was not flowing as well as it should have behind the building,” he said.
A concrete path in the rear of the facility was extended to facilitate better water flow in the area.
Both Mills and Little said they were happy to see patrons returning to the newly repaired studio.
Though closing the facility just one month after its initial grand opening has proved challenging, Little said the library is committed to bringing in more people to the facility.
“It will be our job to reinform and get the public excited about it again,” she said.