Martha Riley Communtiy Library nets “Project of the Year” award

Utility Exploration Center honored for facility design
By: Megan Wood The Press-Tribune
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There may not have been a red carpet, celebrities or the paparazzi but it still felt like the Academy Awards. At least that’s how it seemed to Mike Shellito, assistant city manager and community services director when he recently accepted on behalf of the city, the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best Community Project: Project of the Year Award” for the Martha Riley Community Library. “It’s like the Academy Awards because you go in not knowing if you’ve won,” Shellito said at last Wednesday’s city council meeting. “So there’s a suspense built up.” According to Shellito, the library was recognized due to the uniqueness of the facility itself and also the community partnerships that went into building the library. “We had partnerships with city departments, national partnerships with Comcast and SureWest,” Shellito said. “And then there’s the elements that are for the community specifically like the public access TV studio and the meeting rooms.” Shellito said that it’s been estimated that in its first year of operation the facility saw more than 300,000 guests. Greg Tonello, architect and principal of Williams+Paddon Architecture+Planners, Inc. presented council with the award last Wednesday on behalf of the team that worked on and submitted the project to the Sacramento Business Journal. “Thank you for the opportunity to work with the city on this project,” Tonello said last Wednesday. “This is truly a testament to the city’s vision and success at making Roseville a great community.” The Roseville Exploration Center also received an Award of Excellence for facility design in cultural facilities from the California Parks and Recreation Society. Receiving the highest honor from the parks and recreation society was determined by the plan and design efficiency, operations and maintenance of the facility Shellito said. “I think the determining factor was that this was a state of the art facility designed to educate the community about the environment,” Shellito said last Wednesday. “It delivers a very unique and pertinent message for our time.” Shellito also credited the partnerships between the Parks and Recreation department, Roseville Electric and Environmental Utilities. Since it opened last year, the Exploration Center has seen more than 50,000 visitors and has become a favorite “field trip” destination. Jim Carter, president of Carter Kelly the contracting group behind the project presented the award to council with his congratulations. “I wanted to share my deep appreciation and gratitude to the city for the opportunity to work on this project,” Carter said. “I’m satisfied in knowing it will be a great benefit to the community.” –