Library seeking design services for remodel
The Great Falls Public Library has issued a request for proposals for architectural and engineering services for its planned remodel.
In September 2022, the library staff and library board completed a master plan, which was then adopted by the board.
The master plan includes recommendations, general designs and cost estimates for a library remodel.
Library staff and the board are planning a large scale capital fundraising plan for the remodel that is separate for the levy that was approved in June.
Earlier this year, the Great Falls Public Library Foundation approved the reallocation of $92,000 from the RFID material handler project to the master plan.
Library staff is using those funds to issue a request for qualifications to start the design phase of the planned master plan remodel project.
The foundation approved funding to purchase and install an automatic materials handler in 2021.
McIntyre said in September 2023 a local antonymous donor committed $300,000 through the library foundation that the library can use for operations until the levy funds are received and once those funds come in, the library will replace those funds in a reserve account for the capital campaign.
In 2022, the library board approved the library master plan, which calls for a major remodel of the entire library, so staff decided to delay purchasing and installing the materials handler and do that in conjunction with the remodel when the plans are completed.
The library has conceptual drawings of a possible remodel and ballpark costs, but to start a capital campaign, they need architectural designs and better cost estimates, Library Director Susie McIntyre told the board during their September 2023 meeting.
Proposals are due to the library by 3 p.m. Nov. 29.