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Bids for the construction of the new Petersburg Public Library were read on Thursday at MRV Architects in Juneau and came in under the estimated budget amount of $4.5 million. ASRC McGraw Constructors, LLC.   was deemed the lowest responsive bid for the project. At the May 7 City Council meeting, the project building committee will recommend that the bid be awarded to ASRC McGraw.

Yet to come are bids for remaining work and contents such as construction administration, technology, landscaping, furnishings, and equipment.

Construction of the new library is scheduled to begin early this summer. The library is anticipated to open in the  summer of 2013.

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KFSK Public Radio – Petersburg’s new library project is ready for construction. The city started advertising for contractor bids Thursday of last week. With the final plans complete, the architect’s cost estimate remains unchanged at just over four and a half million dollars. The building will be paid for with a legislative grant, private donations, and a local bond that voters approved last fall. City officials expect to award the construction contract in mid-April.

Matt Lichtenstein asked Librarian Tara Alcock and City Manager Steve Giesbrecht for an update:

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Request for bids

REQUEST FOR BIDS: Petersburg Library, Petersburg, Alaska. This Project consists of construction of a 10,000 square foot new, stand-alone library. The project includes concrete slab-on-grade foundations with civil work including over-excavation, fill, and utility relocations. The library is a wood framed, single-story structure with a small mechanical mezzanine. Work will include electrical, mechanical, finishes and casework.


PRE-BID MEETING will be at 4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2012, City Council Chambers of the City of Petersburg.

DEADLINE: SEALED BIDS WILL BE RECEIVED UNTIL 2:00 p.m. local time on April 12, 2012 at MRV Architects, 1420 Glacier Ave, #101, Juneau, Alaska.

BID DOCUMENTS MAY BE VIEWED at the Community Development Department, Petersburg, AK, or at www.mrvarchitects.com.

BID DOCUMENTS MAY BE PURCHASED from links found at www.mrvarchitects.com. Plan holders must register at www.mrvarchitects.com .

This project is funded in part by legislative grants through the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The City of Petersburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

OWNER reserves the right to reject all or any Bid(s). Please direct questions to Corey Wall (907)586-1371.

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The 75% construction documents for the new library have been received and are under review. The design for the new library has undergone many years of review and lots of public meetings and comments. Thanks to this, only minor changes need to be made to now ensure the building works well for the public and for staff. Designing an energy efficient, economical building has been a driving force from the beginning. When we finish our Construction documents and arrive at the 100% stage – we’ll be ready to advertise for construction bids!

An updated construction cost estimate prepared by HMS, Inc.  has also been received and it appears that everything is on target. The new library is estimated to cost $4.56M for construction.  The cost estimate is on budget with the building committee moving some items to the alternates list to keep the project within its original budget; allowing for contingencies. The total project cost estimate is  $6.78M (includes cost for project management, design, construction, and furnishings).

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Last night, at the regular meeting of the library board, board members voted unanimously to shift the new facility off of the First Street right of way.  Concerns regarding existing utilities, the proximity of the facility to the power plan, minimizing the impact on Birch Street and traffic flow were discussed.  The approved site plan can be seen below.


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At tonight’s regular meeting of the Library Board members will be considering shifting the planned facility off of the First Street right of way. The Board will hear from Corey Wall, MRV Architects and Karl Hagerman, City of Petersburg Public Works director on this issue.

The meeting is Tuesday, Nov 30 at  6:30 in City Council Chambers, the public is welcome to attend. Click here for the meeting agenda.

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Last Wednesday at their special meeting to discuss site options for the new library, library board members voted unanimously to shift the building off of the Ira II Street right of way in response to concerns from neighboring property owners.   Click here to listen to the meeting and view the minutes or click here to listen to a news story about the meeting on KFSK.The site option sketch below depicts the option favored by the board in yellow.

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Wednesday, April 7 @ 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers

After hearing concerns about the placement of the new library on the site at the last work session with the project architect, they library board decided to take another look at the issue. At tonight’s meeting they will hear from Leo Luczak, Community Development Director on zoning issues and  Paul Voelckers (MRV Architects) will present revised site options for consideration. The public is encouraged to attend and give input.

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On Thursday KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein reported on Tuesday night’s meeting with the architect for the new library, Paul Voelckers.  Click here to listen to the full story on KFSK’s website.

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Be part of the plan….

New Library Project Work Session
Tuesday, March 2 @ 6:30pm in Council Chambers
Paul Voelckers (MRV Architects) will present the most recent new library facility plan and take comments at this library board & new library building committee work session. The public is encouraged to attend and comment.

New Library Project – Art in the facility
Wednesday, March 3 @ 9am in Council Chambers
An informal meeting to discuss opprtunities for public art in the new library with Paul Voelckers (MRV Architects). The public is encouraged to attend and comment.

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On Monday KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein reported on last Thursday’s meeting with the architect for the new library, Paul Voelckers.  Click here to listen to the full story on KFSK’s website.

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You can read the meeting minutes or listen to a recording of the meeting on the City’s website, click here


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Click here to view the updated floor plan that will be discussed at Thursday night’s meeting. If you can’t make the meeting we’d still love to hear what you think – call (772-3349), email(library@ci.petersburg.ak.us) or drop by the library.

new Petersburg library

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Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm –  City Council Chambers

The architect for the new library project, Paul Voelckers (MRV Architects), will present the most recent schematic drawings of the new library and take comments. The public is encouraged to attend.

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The new library building committee invites you to review and comment on the floor plan, site plan, and elevations. These are also available at the library and can be viewed downtown in the Marine Advisory window. Call us at 772-3349, email us at libdir@ci.petersburg.ak.us or drop by the library to weigh in on the new plans.


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Wednesday March 12 @ 6:30pm 

The new library building committee invites everyone to review and comment on the draft plans for the proposed library facility. We hope to see you there!

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The Haines library is very similar to the one we are planning, so maintenance costs will likely to be similar. Maintenance of the Haines Library has been $2,700 – $5,000 annually since construction in 2003. This does not include heating, staffing, etc – just maintenance.However simply comparing our project to another may not reveal the true costs of maintenance in our own facility. So we are currently working on establishing maintenance costs for the new library with the architect, consultants, and the pre-development program.

Concerns about long term operating costs of new facilities are right on the mark. Failure to plan for these costs is one of the biggest mistakes building projects make. With help from the Foraker Group, we are planning to address the ongoing operations and maintanence costs as early and as accurately as possible.

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Listen to the meeting, read the minutes or view the 3 conceptual options presented by the architect at the library. Comments and suggestions will be taken until Feb 22 at the library or by sending an email to libdir@ci.petersburg.ak.us

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The library building committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12, from 5- 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

The architect will present 3 conceptual floor plans of the new library for us to review and decide what we prefer. After this meeting he will boil down all of our suggestions into one floor plan for the library.This is an important meeting which will help shape the direction of the project. The more voices/opinions we have at the meeting, the stronger our final plan will be so feel free to bring a friend.

Hope to see you there!

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Building Committee meeting


The library building committee will meet on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 in the City Council Chambers. Project Architect, Paul Voelckers, will present three design options for the new facility. The public is invited to attend.

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