HARDWICK – The trustees of the Jeudevine Library have released bid documents for construction of the library expansion.
The documents were sent to five prequalified construction companies, who met criteria around successful completion of similar-sized projects, strong references, experience with historic buildings, experience with the Northeast Kingdom, and ability to meet the specific requirements associated with federal funding.
The process of developing the bid documents was extensive and required decisions related to the final details of the architectural design, together with decisions around four sets of drawings by consulting engineers.
The firm of KAS, Inc. developed the civil engineering plan and assisted in the associated permitting. The structural engineering plan was developed by Dubois & King, Inc., while the mechanical and electrical plans were developed by Engineering Services of Vermont. A committee of trustees, staff, and the owner’s representative for the project, Steve Pitkin of Albany, all consulted on these decisions to balance cost consciousness with high-quality work.
The documents then underwent an extensive review by the USDA Rural Development, which is contributing significant funding to the expansion. The USDA RD gave a stamp of approval as of March 12. The relevant permits have either been awarded or are underway. Next, the prequalified construction companies will visit the site for a walk-through to assist in the estimating process. Bids are expected in the first week of April, after which a decision will be made and construction will begin.
The tentative best estimate for construction would be a start date in May, dependent on the weather, and a completion date in the autumn.
The library expects to continue fundraising throughout the construction period. The hope is to raise a sufficient amount to fully complete the building by the official opening next winter.
For more information, call the library at 472-5948 or contact the Library Board Chair, Jodi Lew-Smith at 472-5084.