As the finishing touches are completed at the new Joplin Public Library, R.E. Smith Construction Company is raising our hardhats to another successful project, not only for the City of Joplin, but for the 4 state area.

Dick and Dave Smith, Owners of R.E. Smith Construction share their excitement for the completion of the project. “It’s great to be able to have a part in such a historic undertaking. We pride ourselves in our work and are happy to be able to lend a hand in helping the community take the next step forward in its development”.

What many may not realize is that the new library is more than just a commercial project for the Smith family; it has sentimental value as well. This is the third library that a Smith has been a part of building for the City of Joplin.  Beginning in 1915 when Richard E. Smith’s grandfather, Harry Smith, was lead foreman on the 2nd phase of the Joplin Carnegie Library on 9th and Wall.  And then again in 1980 when R.E. Smith Construction Company built the current library at 4th and Main Street.

“We’ve been a part of so many construction projects in the history of our company and having the opportunity to continue our legacy with the construction of the new Joplin Public Library is especially gratifying. It’s allowed us to not only demonstrate our craft, but to showcase the heart of our company in the construction industry and in our community”, said Smith.

Managed by Clint Walton, Project Manager, and Tom Jones, Project Superintendent, the $14 million dollar structure features a 57,000 square foot building and is the most advanced library ever constructed in the city.  According to Clint Walton, “bringing companies together from all around the United States to get this project completed on time and on budget was one the highlights of the project.”

Complete with self-check kiosks, other amenities of the library include four meeting rooms of various sizes, a storm shelter, a coffee lounge and spaces for outdoor education. It’s accessible by trolley and has connections to walking trails, giving patrons of the library easy access to the location.

Please call RE Smith Construction at (417) 623-4545, or email us here.