Interior renovation approved for Centreville library
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.
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.