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Our mission is to provide exceptional education, networking, career development and leadership opportunities that support and advance the Facility Management profession in Northern Illinois.

Our chapter meets the first Tuesday of every month at various locations.  We offer a tour of the facility, networking time, dinner and a presentation.  On May 2nd, we will be meeting at Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook. . 

About our Presentation:

Details will be forthcoming

About our Presenters:

Born in England and qualified as a quantity surveyor, Graham Hardwood’s English professional qualifications include being a chartered builder, chartered surveyor, and chartered arbitrator.  Graham came to the USA in 1990 and was VP at Morse Diesel before moving to CCS as a Principal and Director of Capital Management Projects. Graham has completed a number of libraries throughout Illinois that include Oak Park and Maze Branch, Wheaton, Mount Prospect, Elmhurst, DeKalb, and Fountaindale in Bolingbrook.

He has also worked on a number of other projects including United Center, Central DuPage Hospital ($350M) and has been involved in projects from predesign to close out. Working closely with clients, he has often spearheaded the selection of consultants and contractors. Graham is a strong advocate of selecting the most appropriate professional team as the first step in a successful project.

Graham was involved in the Fountaindale Library project from pre- design to close out, and was actively involved in the competition of studio 300, which was funded from savings In the budget of the main library.

Don McKay, AIA is currently Principal and President of Nagle Hartray.  He has a Masters of Architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  He has worked on numerous projects including Fountaindale Public Library District, Lincolnshire Village Hall, North Shore School District 112, Park Ridge Public Library and Villa Park Public Library.  

About our Site:

The history of the Fountaindale Public Library District is strongly rooted in its citizens’ desire for cultural improvement with civic pride and spirit necessary to make that desire a reality. 


Fountaindale’s origin goes back to 1967 when the communities of Bolingbrook and Romeoville were in the early stage of growth. Through the efforts of a small group of citizens, the Fountaindale Public Library District was officially formed in 1970 when the library opened in temporary space at Park View School in Romeoville. In a matter of three years the wishes of the citizens were realized. 


The immediate challenge of the first elected Board of Trustees was to develop plans for library facilities in each community. The communities showed their continuing support for the library by approving a referendum in 1973 to construct two identical library facilities in each community. 


The new libraries, which opened to the public in 1975, served the communities well for over thirty years. In 2004, during the long-range planning process, a Citizens Planning Committee strongly supported the need to expand the library, voicing a need for more space, more programs, more books, more technology and other related materials. In response, the Board of Trustees initiated a site survey, a telephone survey, a spaceneeds analysis and focus groups to assess the community’s support of a new library in Bolingbrook and to determine if the present site could accommodate an expanded library. The results of these surveys demonstrated to the Board that the community was supportive of a new library, and the best location was the current library site. By 2005 the Board had contracted with Owners Services Group as the owner’s representative and with Nagel Hartray as the architects. The project to build a new library was underway. The Board of Trustees voted in November 2007 to place a library funding referendum on the February 2008 primary election ballot. The election was held, and the referendum passed by a narrow margin when the absentee and provisional ballots were counted. 


In August 2008, the Romeoville building was transferred to the then Des Plaines Valley Library District (now White Oak Public Library District) by court order. This action united most of the Village of Romeoville into one library district. 


The ground breaking for the new Bolingbrook building was held in August 2009. Construction began when the site was cleared and temporary parking was installed. The new library opened on March 7, 2011. The old building was then demolished. This 114,000-square-foot building has become a focal point and cornerstone of the Bolingbrook community. Once again the residents expressed their needs and were rewarded with a modern building located within the Bolingbrook Village Campus area to serve the citizens for many decades to come. 


The new building has received several awards since it opened. The American Institute of Architects presented the library with a citation of merit in the Distinguished Building Category, and the Brick Association presented the library with a Best in Class award for the Municipal/Government category. The library achieved LEED Gold Status for the building in 2012 as well. Additionally, the new building has been featured in several publications, and the library has also been honored by the Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce with a Best of Bolingbrook Business Award in 2012.

Fountaindale Public Library District

May 02, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Fountaindale Public Library District
300 W. Briarcliff Rd
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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