City hires contractor for library work

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The expansion of Friendwood’s City Library moved forward Monday night with the approval of a $2.23 million contract to a local company.

The unanimous vote awarded the contract to Friendswood-based Ardent Construction earned a hearty applause during the March council meeting. The long-awaited library expansion has been on many residents’ wish lists since long before the 2013 bond election funded it.

“Any thought on when it will be done?” Councilman Steve Rockey asked.

Staff estimated completion in a year from now.

Ardent Construction was the low-bidder for the contract, which includes improvements and expansion of the library facility.

Required approvals of the plans from the Drainage District and Texas Department of Transportation have been granted, city staff said.

The renovations will add 6,000 square feet to the well used location at 416 Morningside, a former office building that was converted into a public library in 1994. Renovations include building new meeting areas, expanded children and teen areas, expanded computer capacity areas and additional parking. The library’s circulation continues to grow yearly, and its summer programs are filled to capacity.

Among a package of four separate proposals that were all approved by voters, the library expansion was placed in the first round of bond financing by city leaders.

In conjunction with the changes, the library is installing personalized brick pavers in two areas. The 4-by-8-inch pavers include a message with up to three lines of laser-engraved text, and are available a $100 donation each. The cost of the pavers is tax deductible, and all proceeds go to the public library.

Meanwhile, the city is discussing the expansion of Fire Station No. 4 and construction of a new fire station at the Public Safety Building with its construction manager at risk, Durotech. Plans and schematics are being worked out, and are set to be presented in a meeting with the Volunteer Fire Department in late March.

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