Bids for the construction of the Cedar Rapids Public Library were read today at City Hall and came in under the estimated budget amount of $24.65 million.
“The Library is encouraged that a year and a half’s hard work by the design team, Board of Trustees and citizens has yielded a fiscally sound and practical library,” said Library Director Bob Pasicznyuk. “In the next weeks, the Library’s Board of Trustees will validate bids, weigh the merit of project alternates, and move the community forward to restored, state of the art libraries that will carry out our mission for literacy and lifelong learning.”
Demolition for the new downtown library, located on the 400 block of 4th Avenue SE, is scheduled to begin in December 2011. The Library is anticipated to open summer 2013.
For more information on the Cedar Rapids Public Library, call (319) 398-5123 or visit www.crlibrary.org.