$4.3 Million Library Construction Bid Submitted, Construction Could Begin within a MonthOctober 17th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
The bid opening for the new Southeast Arkansas Regional Library was held, Tuesday, at the county courthouse, with 13 present.
The “apparent low bidder” was Ideal Construction, of Crossett, with a bid of $4,287,000. The highest of the 5 submitted bid was $4,924,000. Construction could begin within a month.
SEARL interim director Judy Calhoun, Judge Damon Lampkin, and two members of ETC Engineers represented the Library and Drew County.
Library Construction Update Presented to Quorum Court
August 21, 2012
Posted below is SEARK Library Kim Patterson’s presentation to the Quorum Court, Monday night.
Where we are at:
Ads for Construction Bids will be advertised on Wednesday. The Bid Opening will be at 2:00 on October 2nd in the Club Room downstairs.
Why it has taken a while:
The Building Committee has been committed to providing the best facility possible while meeting the following criteria:
1. To build a library that the community would be proud to have.
2. To build a Library that would meet present needs but would be flexible enough in design to meet the foreseeable needs of the future.
3. To build a Library that would require minimal maintenance and would be efficient to operate.
4. To control building costs so as to get the very most for our money.
These criteria have caused us to move at a deliberate and careful pace. The community did not accept the first proposal by the design architects so they came back with a plan that the public liked. The last three criteria have resulted in many meetings, plan revisions, consultations and exploring different materials and systems. In this process while it has taken time, we have reduced the cost by $500,000.00 to $750,000.00. We determined early on that it was much more cost effective to take time in the planning stage where changes are free, than to generate construction change orders which are definitely not.
TOUR: (See photos)
Hopefully we have incorporated the “WOW” factor both externally and internally which was requested at the first public meeting. The interior of the building is designed for maximum flexibility to allow for changes in use and technology. There will be a great deal more space available for children and youth facilities and programming. As promised there will be double the number of computers. Much time has been spent balancing low maintenance materials with costs. The building is designed as a LEED Silver project and it is estimated that it will cost no more to operate than the present structure which is ½ the size.
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