A bidding process started by the St. Louis County Library for a new Mid-County Branch location has been kicked off.
The location which is located at 7821 Maryland Ave., would replace the current branch with a new $8.5 million facility that would include a parking garage.
The new branch will be 18,860 square feet, an increase of over 2,500 square feet from the old location.
Additionally, the new improvements would include an enhanced children’s area, two private study rooms, a business center with fax, copy and scanning machines, new furniture, and a secure underground parking facility.
According to the St. Louis Business Journal’s interview with Kristen Sorth, director of St. Louis County Library, the bidding packages are currently out and are due near the end of the month. The packages have information for the demolition and other items.
The sealed bids will be released in a public meeting on Sept. 29.
Brinkmann Construction is the branch’s construction manager with Christner Inc. as the lead architect on the project.
The estimated completion date for the new library is in the fall of 2018.
Besides the Mid-County location, the St. Louis County Library is in the process of renovating 14 of its branches by the end of 2017.
Jennifer McBride, communications manager of the St. Louis County Library, said the construction is part of the Your Library Renewed campaign which seeks to renovate or replace 19 library branches within the St. Louis County Library District.
McBride explained that some of these locations haven’t seen upgrades in many years.
“The amenities are getting an upgrade, we’re bringing in new features like private study rooms. We have upgraded meeting rooms for community groups to use that has upgraded audio and video equipment so they can stream their presentations,” McBride said. “In a lot of the instances, we’re redoing the floor plan so it’s more open and all of the renovated branches we have more natural light that comes in — it’s a more inviting atmosphere.”
In early August, the St. Louis County Library began construction to replace the Meramec Valley Branch with the goal of finishing the new building by late 2017 or early 2018.
According to a press release, the new Meramec Valley Branch was designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Bond Architects. The preliminary budget for the project is $5.6 million and was funded by proceeds from a 2012 tax initiative.
McBride said the modern touches to the libraries would benefit every visitor and could help bring in more foot traffic within the locations.
“This is a huge benefit to the community. We’re bringing modern facilities to communities for them to use in a variety of different ways,” she said. “We have students that come in and use the private study rooms, we have community groups who use our meeting rooms, we have all kinds of programming that takes place. It’s really a benefit to the community to have these new and renovated branches.”