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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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On Monday night the Petersburg City Council  unanimously approved the final design and site plan for the new library! They also voted unanimously to seek a company to demolish or remove the 30-year-old Romiad Building from the new library site to clear the way for construction to being in the next spring.

Click here to listen to the KFSK news story about the meeting or click here to listen to the Council Meeting.

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Petersburg’s City Council Tuesday voted to take a step forward on a new library building and approved a $218,228 design contract for the new library even though voters will still have to decide on a major piece of the funding for that new building this fall.

The  contract with MRV Architects (Juneau) would be paid for with funds from the $3.3M appropriation from the State of Alaska that has already been awarded for the new library.  According to MRV Architects work beginning on Construction Documents in July could have a bid date of February which is better for competitive bidding.  It would be one of the first projects of the season out for bid and allow the contractor more time to mobilize prior to the spring construction period.

Click here to listen to the KFSK news story about Tuesday’s meeting.



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How big is it? The new library will be 9,770 square feet.  The size was also determined by careful consideration of how much we can afford, our year round population, and the size of similarAlaskan libraries such as Haines and the recommended standard  for a community the size of Petersburg.  The size of the facility strikes a balance between escalating library use and trends toward digital media and wireless internet.The new public library will be approximately three times the size of the current library allowing for a 20% expansion in collections. A glassed-off area for children will keep the rest of the library quiet during kids’ activities. A teen-gathering area and more quiet reading spaces throughout are planned.   Click here to view the floor plan. 

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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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