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Final Oswego Library addition design approved : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Final Oswego Library addition design approved
Consultants plan to seek bids this month; construction to start in July

by Lyle R. Rolfe


Oswego Public Library District Board members approved the final design for a proposed second flood addition to the downtown Oswego Campus Library this past week.

Douglas Pfeiffer of Dewberry Architects in Elgin showed samples of carpeting and wood flooring, interior walls, ceilings, glass railings for the stairway to the second floor, and other interior materials. The board accepted all of them.

The exterior materials had been approved at earlier meetings.

Pfeiffer said they were unable to find the same exact brick for the exterior because the original manufacturer is no longer in business.

However, none of the new brick will be placed next to existing bricks, so it will be difficult to compare the two colors, he said.

Pfeiffer added that they plan to have their final bidding documents completed by next Monday, May 5 so they can advertise for contractor bids by May 16.

Construction is expected to start in July and continue through the end of June 2015.

Frederick J. Marano, executive vice president of Frederick Quinn Corp., said the market looks good for bidding. Quinn will be in charge of construction for the project.

Dewberry and Quinn did the planning and construction of the 2010 remodeling of the building and construction of the Montgomery Campus Library in 2008-09.

John Eallonardo, vice president of operations for Frederick Quinn, said they expect to have 20 to 30 separate packages to be bid on and are hoping for two to three bids from each trade.

They plan to present bid award recommendations to the board for review on June 18 so the board can award them at their June 25 meeting.

Eallonardo said they will be making progress reports at every board meeting as they did on the prior two building projects.

Sarah Skilton, director, said she will ask the Village of Oswego if they will reduce the cost of building permits for the project. The budget for the building includes $75,000 for building permit fees, construction license and surety bond costs.

The new addition is proposed to add 11,370 square feet of space to the building-7,370 on a second story and a 4,000 square-foot first floor addition at the northeast corner of the building.

When completed the building will contain just under 34,000 square feet of space. Pfeiffer said this is about 2,000 square feet less than the Montgomery Campus Library.

In addition to a second floor, space is being added to the first floor. It includes a build out at the northeast corner, which will be for the children's computer area, and an early literacy area at the northwest end of the building.

On the parking lot side of the building, an employee entrance and stairway to the second floor will be added along with a youth program room, small study area and storage.

Vernita Hettrich, board president, said the library district has $5 million in capital improvement funds, reserves and other money earmarked for this project, so residents will not be asked to increase any taxes.

Available funds include $161,469 from transition fees paid by developers of residential projects in Oswego. These fees are paid by residential developers to help offset the cost of providing facilities and services for people moving into their homes until they begin paying property taxes.

Skilton said they also have $824,925 in a Special Reserve fund that can be used for the addition, as well as $514,771 in a Building Fund less whatever is needed to operate the present buildings and $5,963,266 in the General Fund minus whatever is needed for utilities and other expenses in the present buildings.

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