Archive for the ‘site preparation’ Category

The excavation and site work for the new library is on schedule. According to Community Development Director, Leo Luczak  “library excavation and fill is approximately 50% complete. The depth of the muskeg that had to be removed is also about as predicted.”   Utility work will begin when the building pad is completed.  It is anticipated that concrete work will begin in late July. The goal is to have the building enclosed by winter.


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Clearing of the new library site began this week! Petersburg’s Rock-N-Road construction  began excavating the  lot on Wednesday and have been working steadily since.

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At the regular City Council meeting last night, City Council members voted unanimously to award a contract for the removal of the existing building on the library site (also know as the Romiad Building) to Rock N Road Construction of Petersburg. The building’s demolition is an exciting first step toward the construction of a new community library in Petersburg. Prior to the demolition effort, Rock N Road plans to salvage various materials from the building starting in January. They will start on the full scale demolition work on March 1st and will be done with the removal, site grading and cleanup by March 25th.

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Removal, Salvage or Demolition of the Romiad Building

The City of Petersburg is seeking proposals for the removal, salvage or demolition of the Romiad Building located at 104 Haugen Drive in Petersburg, Alaska.

Proposals from qualified individuals will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

For questions or to request a full copy of this RFP, please contact: Steve Giesbrecht, City Manager   907-772-3302 ext. 22.

The City of Petersburg reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive irregularities or information in the proposals, and to award the contract to the respondent that best meets the selection criteria.

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Location, Location, Location

When searching for a new home or business, the conventional wisdom is to pay attention to location, location, location.  When siting a library  location is vitally important as well.  We’re excited about the site for our new library – just two blocks off of main street – on the corner of Haugen and Second Street. It has easy access for drivers as well as kids headed to the library after school.  In 2007 the City Council reserved this City owned site for the construction of a new public library. 

The first step in constructing the new library will be to prepare the site and this will require removing the Romiad Building so there is enough room to build.  The City has researched the possibility of moving the building to another site, but it has become clear this would be too expensive and difficult.  

Shifting the Romiad building to another corner of the lot has also been considered.  The estimated cost to shift the Romiad Building on the site is over $200,000. It would also require that the position of the new library also shift, so the library would need to be redesigned, adding expense to the project.   In March 2010 and Dec 2010  public meetings were held to discuss the site plan.    Members of the public and City officials voiced concerns regarding existing utilities, the proximity of the facility to the power plant, minimizing the impact on Birch Street residents and traffic flow. This public process led to the current site plan for the new library.  

So the next step is to  put the building up for public bid for removal, salvage or demolition this winter.  We anticipate this will be a great opportunity for a local contractor.  This important step will pave the way for a smooth and on-time construction process that will likely begin in April 2012.

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