Hoping to construct a new building in the next couple of years, the board of the Brookfield Public Library has picked an architect to fill the vacancy on the library board that was created last month when Judith Sweet resigned from the board for health reasons.

At a special meeting on July 13, the library board interviewed the five people who had applied to fill the vacancy and then met to discuss whom to choose. They unanimously picked Adam Burghgraef to fill the vacancy.

Burghgraef will be sworn in at the library board meeting on July 22.  

“He’s an architect and he’s been serving on the Facilities Advisory Committee, and I think his expertise in architecture will come in very much handy with the project that we’re working on,” said Jennifer Perry, the president of the library board. “He’s been a very valuable part of the Facilities Advisory Committee.”

Perry said it was difficult to choose among the applicants.

“All five were excellent candidates,” Perry said. “It was a tough decision and it was great to have so many people express an interest in serving.”

Burghgraef, 35, works as a project manager for the Chicago-based general contracting firm of Linn-Mathes. He grew up on the Northwest Side of Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree with high distinction in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002.

He worked on the renovation of Riverside-Brookfield High School when he worked for Wight & Company, playing a role in designing improvements to the theater, cafeteria and the library.

Burghgraef said he is looking forward to serving on the library board.

“I’ve been part of the advisory committee for over a year and have kind of grown to appreciate how much that library has been doing for the community,” said Burghgraef, who has lived in Brookfield for seven years. “I’m always looking for an opportunity to help out the community and my new neighbors. I thought this was great timing, and I’m glad I was considered and selected.”

—Bob Skolnik