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Work to start soon on library expansion : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Work to start soon on library expansion
Library board accepts contractor bids; project within $5M budget, board told

by Lyle R. Rolfe


Construction is scheduled to begin this month on an addition and renovations to the Oswego Public Library's District downtown campus library.

The project will include the construction of a second story addition onto the eastern wing of the building on Jefferson Street at Main Street.

Fred Marano, executive vice president of Frederick Quinn Corp., construction managers for the project, presented contractor bids to the library board along with his firm's recommendations during a meeting last week.

Library district board members awarded contracts totaling $3,494,590 for the project after cutting $234,059 from the bids for alternates or other changes.

The project is expected to be completed next July.

The accepted bids included Robinette Demolition Inc. of Oakbrook Terrace with $168,400 for demolition that has to be done before new construction can begin; Elliot Construction Inc. of Glen Ellyn with $350,430 for concrete and excavation; Iwanski Masonry Inc. of Lombard with $374,000 for masonry work; and Garbe Iron Works Inc. of Aurora with $439,920 for structural steel.

Also accepted were bids from Hargrave Builders of South Elgin with $136,369 for carpentry; Weatherguard Roofing Co. with $197,170 for roofing and sheet metal; Kole Construction Co. of Romeoville with $31,570 for exterior work; Laforce Inc. of Willowbrook with $29,425 for doors, frames and finish hardware; CAD Contract Glazing Inc. of Wheeling with $153,800 for aluminum, glass and glazing; Champion Drywall Inc. of Channon with $376,180 for metal stud and drywall installation; and Heitkotter Inc. of Montgomery with $138,426 for acoustic ceilings.

Douglas Floor Covering Inc. of North Aurora was low bidder for tile flooring with $61,850; TSI Commercial Floor of Champaign with $71,206 for resilient flooring and carpeting; May Decorating II Inc. of Palatine with $21,850 for painting; Schindler Elevator Corp. of Elmhurst with $63,900 for an elevator from the first to second floor; and Automatic Fire Systems Inc. of Rockford with $52,282 for fire sprinklers.

Cannonball Mechanical of Aurora was low bidder with $92,770 for plumbing; Jensen's Plumbing and Heating of Woodstock with $224,852 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning; Austin Electric Inc. of Joliet with $442,250 for electrical work; and Twin Oaks Landscaping of Oswego with $67,940 for landscaping work.

The number of bids received by category ranged from a high of eight for HVAC to only one for exterior work, and one for doors, frames and finish hardware,

Two firms that had submitted low bids were allowed to withdraw their proposals because of errors, Marano said.

Marano said he was pleased with the number of bids received considering they advertised at the start of the summer construction season when many firms had started work on other projects.

Marano noted that no bids were received for architectural woodwork, so they have advertised again for bids to be submitted by July 8. He did not say what they expect the cost to be.

Other expenses not included in the bids were building design fees for Dewberry Architects of Elgin estimated at $365,000 and building permits and other fees.

The total project cost will still be within the $5 million budget set previously by the board, according to Marano.

Sarah Skilton, library director, said the district has $824,925 in a Special Reserve fund that can be used for the additions, as well as $514,771 in a Building Fund minus 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.

Other available funds include $161,469 from transition fees paid by developers of residential projects in the Village of 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.

Fees are paid by developers in three areas of the district-Oswego, Montgomery and Plainfield, but the funds must be used only for bricks and mortar in the community they came from.

Because enough money is available for the project, it will not be necessary to borrow or issue any bonds meaning there will not be any tax increase for the project, Vernita Hettrich, board president, assured board members.

Building to remain
open during construction

Skilton said there will be times over the next year when portions of the building will be closed to patrons because of construction, but the contract says the work can not cause them to close the entire building at any time.

The building's interior was most recently remodeled four years ago.

The new additions are proposed to add 11,370 square feet of space to the building-7,370 on the 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, about 2,000 square feet less of floor space than the district's Montgomery Campus Library which opened on Reading Drive in Montgomery in 2009.

In addition to a second floor, space is being added to the Oswego building's 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.

Along 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.

Fortunately when the last of two additions to the original building was designed, it was built to support a second floor to handle predicted growth in the community. Board members said they knew this was the only direction they could go for an addition in the future.

The building originally was built in three sections over several years. The completed 2010 remodeling included adding many large windows opening the public view to the inside of the building and allowing patrons to see the outside to the north and east as well as to the north looking across Waubonsie Creek behind the building.

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