The contractor working on renovating the Washington Public Library hopes to have exterior work done before temperatures turn colder this fall.
In recent weeks, Demien Construction Company, Wentzville, the general contractor, has completed most of the exterior brickwork and is continuing to pour concrete on the parking lots on the east and west sides of the building.
Work on the outdoor children’s garden and new entrance on the north side of the building also is ongoing.
Drywall and windows were installed this past week and the contractor has been working on the roof.
Nell Redhage, library director, said work on the interior of the building will continue this winter and construction could be completed by the end of February.
Furniture and fixtures could be moved in by March and the library could reopen by April, according to a tentative schedule.
During the library board meeting Oct. 24, trustees reviewed bids for furniture and fixtures from several companies.
Redhage said the lowest bids for the items came in under the estimated cost. The trustees’ recommendations will be given to the Washington City Council for final approval.
At the Oct. 24 administration/operations committee meeting, council members recommended approving a change order that would increase the contract amount by $5,188.70.
If approved, the change order will bring the total amount on the construction portion of the project to $2,579,468.70.
The change order included deductions on operable vents for windows and window shade rollers and additions for concrete equipment pads, storm sewer work and other items.
Councilman Steve Sullentrup noted that this recent change order is the second since the project began and if this change order is approved, it will raise the total contract amount by about $10,000.
He asked Steve Strubberg, Horn Architects, the architect on the project, what percentage of projects he has worked on had change orders.
Strubberg replied that every job is different and that some change orders are initiated by the owner of the building, not the contractor.
He added that new construction projects generally have fewer change orders than renovations.
While Strubberg said there may be more change orders before the project is finished, “We’re happy where we’re at for this $2.5 million project.”
Councilwoman Carolyn Witt complimented the work done so far, saying, “When the city does a project, it really does it well.”