Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Contracts Sent Out for Bid for New Cedar Rapids Library

Cedar Rapids seeks bid on new $49 million library. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, 8/24/2011)

Excerpt:    As the City Council prepared to approve plans and cost estimates for the new $49 million library on Tuesday evening, council member Don Karr had just a few more questions.

Karr told Library Director Bob Pasicznyuk he was still concerned that the size was too large for an era in which the use of electronic books is rapidly expanding. Karr also said he thought there was too much space for an auditorium.

In regard to parking, Karr said he thought that the facility, to be built across from Greene Square Park on Fourth Avenue SE, was going to depend too much on the Fourth Avenue Parkade, and he didn’t like the idea of parents and children using a “dark” parking ramp to get to the library.

Karr said the success of the temporary library site at Westdale Mall has worked well, in part, because patrons had a dedicated parking lot.

Pasicznyuk, along with Gary Streit, an attorney at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC who is leading a fundraising drive for the library, told Karr and the City Council that the new library was “right-sized.

Maybe this is what Karr is worried about.

Related articles:
A "progressive and forward-looking design".  (1/11/2011)
FEMA sez it can't support site for new Cedar Rapids library. (9/16/2010)
New library construction will include old bricks.  (8/18/2010)
Library circulation plummets at temporary location.  (8/6/2010)
Library staff looking at the best design ideas. (5/6/2010)
For sale, old library, needs work.  (4/9/2010)
Site Selection Raises Ethics Concerns.  (2/9/2010)
Cedar Rapids Library Board to Recommend Site for New Library. (01/26/2010)
FEMA Reconsiders, Decides Library Provides an Essential Service. (12/24/2009)
Hide and Seek: Downtown Cedar Rapids Satellite Branch Library. (11/30/2009)
Early Days of Cedar Rapids Public Library. (11/20/2009)

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