Steubenville Public Library project to be rebid, extended

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s Main Library Americans with Disabilities Act project is going out for rebidding, which will add a few weeks to the timeline, but save the library money in costs.

“The rebidding process will add a few weeks to the initial startup of the project’s construction,” said Alan Hall, executive director of the library system.

“The bids came in more than the architects projected. The Ohio Revised Code states public projects that exceed 10 percent of the architect’s estimated costs must go out for rebid,” he said.

Hall added that the architects’ projected cost of the project was $3.4 million, and the lowest bid came in at $4.4 million.

Library trustees met with Dan Engen and Adam Cummins of Valentour, English, Bodnar, & Howell Architects of Pittsburgh during Tuesday’s meeting to review plans and make necessary cuts to lower costs.

“One of the ways the library will be able to reduce costs is by independently contracting some of the jobs instead of contracting jobs through a general contractor,” said Hall.

The library will advertise for the rebidding in November and the library trustees are scheduled to meet in December to review the rebids.

The Main Library is scheduled to close on Friday.

“The rebidding will not postpone the closing. The project is moving forward. During the rebidding process, the library will begin the asbestos abatement job and perform other tasks needed before construction starts,” said Hall.

Construction is estimated to continue for a year, and the library is projected to re-open next November. Once completed, a 10,000-square-foot, two-story addition will compliment and connect to the 115-year-old building to make it accessible to all, he said.

The bookmobile will make weekly stops at the Main Library’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays next week.