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April 28, 2014

Library selects bids for June renovations

TERRE HAUTE — In early June, a nearly quarter-million dollar renovation project will begin at the Vigo County Public Library.

At a special meeting Monday, the library board voted to award several subcontracts to remodel the east and west wings of the 1970s-era building; the wings will be done separately. The construction manager is Hannig Construction and the architect is Holder Design.

“We’re excited to get started,” said Kristi Howe, library director.

Work on the east wing — which houses most of the library’s book, DVD and audio book collection — includes relocating the reference desk, new carpeting and a new configuration for the shelves and reading areas. The work will take three to four weeks and begin in early June.

Work on the west wing, which houses periodicals, public-access computers and special collections, will begin after the east wing is completed. That work will include new carpet, expanding the special collections area and creating space for all public access computers. Currently, public computers are located in two different parts of the library.

The west wing renovation also involves construction of five study rooms and a conference room. “I think the most exciting thing is probably construction of the small study rooms,” Howe said. The study rooms can be used by tutors working with students or people taking classes or tests online.

The library received bids from 13 different companies for different types of work, Howe said. Cover All Flooring of Noblesville got the largest contract — $106,430 for carpeting of both wings.

A contract for electrical work was awarded to AAA Electric of Terre Haute for $26,470,  while City Glass of Bloomington was awarded a $19,750 contract for storefront glass for the study rooms. Other remodeling work involves drywall and HVAC.

Also, the library received no bids for a small painting project and may do that in-house, Howe said.

The project will be funded out of the library’s operating budget. “We planned for this when we prepared our 2014 budget,” Howe said.

During the renovations, access to some library materials may be temporarily blocked, meaning access to certain books or other materials could take a day or two longer than otherwise, Howe has said previously. The library will not be closed during the remodeling.

The entire project should be completed by the end of summer or early fall, Howe said.

The east and west wing renovations are the first steps in an overall $500,000 project approved by the library board for 2014. The total cost of renovating the two wings will amount to a little less than half the total cost, Howe said.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com.

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