• By Lisa Brody

Baldwin Youth Services expansion contract set

The contract with The Dailey Company to expand and renovate the Baldwin Public Library's Youth Services area was unanimously approved by the Birmingham City Commission on Monday, June 24, for no more than $1.9 million.

The Dailey Company also performed the extension first phase renovation of the Adult Services area of the library in 2016 and 2017. The Youth Services renovation and expansion is the second phase of a three-part renovation of the library, with phase three anticipated to be for the circulation department, to redo the front entrance, and possibly add a small cafe.

A request for proposal (RFP) for this renovation was sent out February 27, 2019, with detailed plans and specifications having been previously reviewed and approved by the city's building department staff for construction, building official Bruce Johnson wrote in a memo. A pre-bid meeting was held at the library on March 13 for prospective bidders. Five contractors submitted bids by the April 17 deadline, he said, with two firms qualifying.

Of the two qualified firms, The Dailey Company was the most responsive and had the best price, he said.

Johnson told commissioners they will be adding 2,500 square feet and renovating about 5,500 square feet, along with renovating and updating two men and women's restrooms on the first floor. Architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural drawings were prepared by Luckenbach|Ziegelman|Gardner Architects.

Commissioners approved the contract, voting 6-0, with commissioner Andy Harris not in attendance.

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