In­te­rior ren­o­va­tion ap­proved for Centreville li­brary

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Through a needs sur­vey, Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Li­brary board mem­bers lis­tened to what the com­mu­nity wanted and will soon make those wishes a real­ity. Part of that in­volves in­te­rior ren­o­va­tions that in­clude the cre­ation of two par­ti­tioned of­fices, a quiet study room and a con­fer­ence room.

In a 4-1 vote, the county com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a con­struc­tion contract Tues­day, Dec. 13, for in­te­rior ren­o­va­tions to the Centreville branch li­brary at 121 S. Com­merce St. Com­mis­sioner Robert Buckey op­posed.

J.A.K. Con­struc­tion Inc. of Bal­ti­more won the contract with a bid of $127,833. A sec­ond bid was re­ceived from Wil­low Con­struc­tion LLC in the amount of $175,850. Though nei­ther of the bid­ders com­pleted a lo­cal ven­dor form that states 50 per­cent of the work is from a Queen Anne’s County com­pany, the work was bid through the County Pro­cure­ment Pol­icy.

Other pro­posed ex­pen­di­tures in­clude ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vices and fur­nish­ings in the amounts of $7,400 and $100,000, re­spec­tively.

The ren­o­va­tions were bud­geted in the Fis­cal Year 2017 cap­i­tal bud­get in the amount of $250,000.

“One of the biggest growth ar­eas for us in the last cou­ple years has been in li­brary use of the WiFi net­works,” said Li­brary Direc­tor John Walden. “Peo­ple are com­ing in and us­ing the li­brary for hours at a time with lap­tops and other de­vices. Part of this plan in­cludes a lot of new elec­tri­cal and seat­ing to ac­com­mo­date that growth area.”

The con­struc­tion will not ex­pand the footage of the li­brary but will just re­con­fig­ure the in­te­rior of the build­ing. Part of the re­con­fig­u­ra­tion will be the con­ver­sion of an old of­fice into a qui­etly study space, Walden said, some­thing the Centreville branch has never had.

As well as a new quiet study space, the li­brary ren­o­va­tion will also in­clude the cre­ation of a small con­fer­ence room that could ac­com­mo­date six to eight peo­ple, Walden said.

A pre-con­struc­tion meet­ing will be held in early Jan­uary where more de­tails about the project time­line will be dis­cussed, but Walden said the con­trac­tors have 120 days for sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion of the project.

Dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion process, Walden said the li­brary may be closed for a pe­riod of up to two weeks.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Li­brary Direc­tor John Walden speaks to the county com­mis­sion­ers dur­ing its Tues­day, Dec. 13, meet­ing about the pro­posed in­te­rior ren­o­va­tion projects at the Centreville li­brary.

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